3. July 15, 1099
They had been attacking for eight days. The First Crusade was at its climax, and the Christian crusaders were attempting to capture the holy city of Jerusalem. The Muslim defenders had still not lost hope. They fired arrows down at the knights and infantry relentlessly, the Crusaders launching rocks against the city walls, hoping to destroy them. The Holy Roman Empire, France, England, and Duchy of Apulia had all united to take Jerusalem.
The day before, a group of Genoese troops had stopped to listen to the plan of their leader, Guglielmo Embriaco. He said to take apart the ships that had brought them here and make wooden siege towers out of them. They rolled these towers up against the walls. On the sturdiest and best-built one were two Flemish knights: Lethalde and Engelbert. Their great-great-great-great grandfather was Alaric, the barbarian who destroyed the original Roman Empire. According to battle transcripts, Lethalde and Englebert were the first to get across the walls of Jerusalem. They made their way to the city gate, blending in with Muslim soldiers. The killed the men bracing it and opened the gate. The rest of the army flooded in, and history forgot the two intelligent knights who opened the gate.
The king of Jerusalem surrendered to the army of Crusaders, and until 1187, when Saladin re-conquered the city, opening it to Muslim and Jews, it stayed in Christian control.
Lethalde and Englebert later became noblemen for their decisive role in the siege.
When given the honor, the two knights weren't sure what to do with their new roles in society. But they would think of something.