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[[Image:Lombards Library 022.jpg|right|170px|thumb|1585 edition with original text and translation in 16th-century French]]
A [[layman]] and a [[soldier]],<ref name=smalley-141>Smalley, p. 141</ref>
After the conquest of the [[Byzantine Empire]] in 1204 he served as a military leader, and led the retreat from the [[Battle of Adrianople (1205)|Battle of Adrianople]] in 1205 after [[Baldwin I of Constantinople|Baldwin I]] was captured by the forces of the [[Second Bulgarian Empire]]. In recognition of his services, [[Boniface of Montferrat]] gave to Geoffrey the city of [[Messinopolis]] in [[Thrace]]. After the Crusade, he was named Marshal of the [[Latin Empire]].
Villehardouin's nephew (also named Geoffrey) [[Geoffrey I of Villehardouin]] went on to become [[Principality of Achaea|Prince of Achaea]] in [[Morea]] (the medieval name for the [[Peloponnesus]]) in 1209. Villehardouin himself seems to have died shortly afterwards. His son Erard had taken, in 1213, the title of ''seigneur de Villehardouin''. There is evidence of his children raising memorials for him in 1218, suggesting he died around this time.