Godfrey of Bouillion in a hat of oranges

Detail of a fresco showing Godfrey of Bouillion, c. 1420. Fresco in Saluzzo, Italy, by Giacomo Jaquerio (c. 1375-1453). From Wikipedia Commons.

Okay, by now you’ve probably seen a picture of the outrageous hat that Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. If you haven’t, then go here to read the L.A. Times blog post about it.

However, Princess Beatrice is far and away not the first person to wear a truly outrageous hat. Some have even been immortalized in art wearing outrageous hats. Today’s post is going to be the start of a short little series of some outrageous hats of the past!

This first image is from a fresco in created by Giacomo Jaquerio in Saluzzo, Italy, around 1420. This detail shows Godfrey of Bouillion wearing a truly amazing hat that seems to be made out of leaves and oranges!

Godefrey of Bouillion (c. 1060-1100) was a Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade. After the fall of Jerusalem in 1099, he became ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, but refused the title of “king” because he said that title belonged only to God. Campaigning the next year, 1100, he was able to add the cities of Acre, Ascalon, Arsuf, Jaffa, and Caesarea to the area conquered by the Crusaders. But he was struck by an arrow during the siege of Acre, and died on 18 July 1100.

Godefrey’s deeds and status became legendary in the years after the First Crusade, and he appears in a number of classic pieces of literature, poetry, and opera, for example, Dante’s “Divine Comedy”.

Giacomo Jaquerio (c. 1375-1453) was a medieval Italian painter, a native of Turin. He was active there but also in Geneva as well as other places ruled by the Duke of Savoy.

Enjoy! Click to download the image (sorry, it’s already full-sized)!

Peace,

Bekka

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