Chapel of Saint-Michel
The Romanesque designed chapel of Saint-Michel, located 275 feet above the valley floor at Le Puy in the Auvergne region of France. Access was by way of a staircase, set amongst a collection of medieval houses, at the foot of the rock.
Le Puy was one of many recruiting centres across Europe, where would be crusaders would step forward, take the cross and make their vows before Bishop Adhemar. He who had been appointed the spiritual leader of the crusade by Pope Urban II.
The crusade attracted powerful princes from the Christian world:
Hugh, Count of Vermandois, youngest son of Henry I of France, departed for Italy in August 1096 with a small army.
Godfrey of Bouillon
Godfrey of Bouillon, Duke of Lower Lorraine, mortgaged his entire estate to the Bishops of Liege and Verdun and with younger brother Baldwin raised a sizeable army. Eustace III, Count…
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