#OTD – First Crusade

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#OTD July 22, 1099 Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem. The first crusaders arrived in Jerusalem on June 7, captured and plundered the city on July 15. On July 16, they herded the Jews of Jerusalem into a synagogue & set it on fire.

Their takeover is completed by the appointment of Godfrey as Defender of the Holy Sepulchre, which according to tradition, houses Jesus’ empty tomb.

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