Godfroy de Bouillon

Enameler Colin Nouailher French
Based on a woodcut by Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen Netherlandish

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 18

In medieval legend, Godfroy de Bouillon, a leader of the First Crusade and first ruler of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, was ranked as one of the three greatest Christian heroes. With King Arthur and Charlemagne, the biblical King David, Joshua, Judas Maccabeus, and the pagan luminaries Hector, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar, he was celebrated as one of the nine most worthy of all time.

Godfroy de Bouillon, Colin Nouailher (French, active 1539, d. after 1571), Painted and partly gilded enamel on copper, French, Limoges

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