Season 4, Catholic History with Charles Coulombe, Episode 11: Godfrey de Bouillon

Charles A. Coulombe

Charles A. Coulombe

We return for season 4 of Catholic History with Charles Coulombe with a return to a topic from the "Summer of Darkness", the Crusades. This month we "zoom in" to one of the great personalities of the Crusades and a very relevant model for our time: Godfrey de Bouillon .

One of the leaders of the First Crusade, Godfrey (c. 1060 – 18 July 1100) was a paragon of chivalric virtue who was ultimately enshrined as one of "the Nine Worthies". When offered the crown of Jerusalem upon its capture from the Mohammedans, he refused to be named king, saying he would never wear a crown of gold where his Saviour had worn a crown of thorns. He was thus named Advocate of the Holy Sepulcre.

In this first episode of a new season with a new host, Nicholas Wansbutter, Charles will explore in detail the life of this great man and the First Crusade. From his early life as the young Duke of Lower Lorraine and right-hand-man of the Holy Roman Emperor, to his valour in the Crusades (which he sacrificed everything to take part in) Charles will demonstrate how this hero of old remains an exemplar today.


Original Air Date: January 28, 2015
Show Run Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Show Guest(s): Charles A. Coulombe
Show Host(s): Nicholas Wansbutter
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