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CRUSADE LEADERS

ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE

FRENCH 1122-1204

The famed Crusader Queen joined her husband King Louis VII for the Second Crusade, leading her own army and heading off in support of her uncle, Prince Raymond of Antioch, who had been requesting aid. An ambush on Mount Cadmus decimated their forces and Louis VII’s insistence on heading to Jerusalem and taking Damascus, forcing Eleanor to join him, proved disastrous. Her journey had its benefits as she returned to Paris with new trade routes to Constantinople and the beginnings of admiralty law.

GODFREY OF BOUILLON

FRENCH 1060-1100

While Godfrey was the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem established by the

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