1st crusade


Rodolf Peel de Lan

Rodolf Peel de Lan is mentioned in Albert of Aix as being one of the earliest Crusaders, and having been taken prisoner by the Emperor of Constantinople, and sent as an envoy to Godfrey de Bouillon. The extract is as follows:

"J imerator autem entelligens regionem graviter depopulari, Rudolphum Peel de Lan et Rotgerum fil: Dagoberti viros disertissmos de terra et cognatione Franci genaerum diese misit rogans"

He is here expressly described as of the French nation; but I am more inclined to think that he was a Norman, who had settled in England.