Chronicle of the Third Crusade Book
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Chronicle of the Third Crusade


  • Author : Helen J Nicholson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-07-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429514739

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Chronicle of the Third Crusade Excerpt :

Published in 1997, this is a translation of the Intnerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi, 'The Itenerary of the Pilgrims and the deeds of King Richard,’ based on the edition produced in 1864 by William Stubbs as volume 1 of his chronicles and memorials of the reign of King Richard I. This Chronicle is the most comprehensive and complete account of the Third Crusade, covering virtually all the events of the crusade in roughly chronological order, and adding priceless details such as descriptions of King Richard the Lionhearts personel appearance, shipping, French fashions and discussion of the international conventions of war. It is of great interest to medieval historians in general, not only historians of the crusade. The translation is accompanied by an introduction and exhaustive notes which explain the manuscript tradition and the sources of the text and which compare this chronicle with the works of other contemporary writers on the crusade, Christian and Muslim. The translation has been produced specifically for university students taking courses on the Crusades, but it will appeal to anyone with an interest in the Third Crusade and the history of the Middle Ages.

The Deeds of the Franks and Other Jerusalem Bound Pilgrims Book
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The Deeds of the Franks and Other Jerusalem Bound Pilgrims


  • Author : Nirmal Dass
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Release Date : 2011-09-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 162
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442204997

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The Deeds of the Franks and Other Jerusalem Bound Pilgrims Excerpt :

This new translation offers a faithful yet accessible English-language rendering of the twelfth-century Gesta Francorum et aliorum Hierosolomitanorum, the earliest known Latin account of the First Crusade. The exemplar for all later histories and retellings of the First Crusade, it is filled with vivid descriptions of the hardships suffered by the crusaders, deeds of personal heroism, courtly intrigues, betrayal and cowardice, and a relentless faith that would see the attainment of the desired goal: the capture of Jerusalem by the crusaders in 1099. It is also a sweeping tale that swiftly moves from the first preaching of the crusade by Pope Urban II, to the ragtag and ultimately doomed effort of the popular People's Crusade, and then to the more disciplined and concerted campaign by the French and Norman nobility that led to the conquest of the Holy Land by the crusaders. Based on the latest scholarly research, including a substantive introduction that explores the questions surrounding the Gesta and that sets it in its historical context, this definitive translation will bring the First Crusade and its era to life for all readers.

The Conquest of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade Book
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The Conquest of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade


  • Author : Peter W. Edbury
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-03-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351892421

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The Conquest of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade Excerpt :

This is a complete collection in modern English of the key texts describing Saladin’s conquest of Jerusalem in October 1187 and the Third Crusade, which was Christendom’s response to the catastrophe. The largest and most important text in the book is a translation of the fullest version of the Old French Continuation of William Tyre for the years 1184-97. This key medieval narrative poses problems for the historian in that it achieved its present form in the 1240s, though it clearly incorporates much earlier material. Professor Edbury's authoritative introduction, notes and maps help interpretation of this and other contemporary texts which are included in this volume, making it an invaluable resource for teachers and students of the crusades.

Crusading and Chronicle Writing on the Medieval Baltic Frontier Book

Crusading and Chronicle Writing on the Medieval Baltic Frontier


  • Author : Marek Tamm
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 484
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409433965

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Crusading and Chronicle Writing on the Medieval Baltic Frontier Excerpt :

The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia was written by a missionary priest in the early thirteenth century to record the history of the crusades to Livonia and Estonia in around 1186-1227. While recent years have produced a significant amount of new research into Henry of Livonia, much of it has been limited to particular historical traditions and languages. A key objective of this book is to synthesise the current state of research for the international scholarly audience.

The Chronicle of Arnold of L  beck Book

The Chronicle of Arnold of L beck


  • Author : Graham A. Loud
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-03-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429624520

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The Chronicle of Arnold of L beck Excerpt :

The chronicle of Arnold, Abbot of the monastery of St John of Lübeck, is one of the most important sources for the history of Germany in the central Middle Ages, and is also probably the major source for German involvement in the Crusades. The work was intended as a continuation of the earlier chronicle of Helmold of Bosau, and covers the years 1172–1209, in seven books. It was completed soon after the latter date, and the author died not long afterwards, and no later than 1214. It is thus a strictly contemporary work, which greatly enhances its value. Abbot Arnold’s very readable chronicle provides a fascinating glimpse into German society in the time of the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and his immediate successors, into a crucial period of the Crusading movement, and also into the religious mentality of the Middle Ages.

The Old French Chronicle of Morea Book

The Old French Chronicle of Morea


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2016-01-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472473875

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The Old French Chronicle of Morea Excerpt :

Numerous Byzantine and Western sources describing the events of the Fourth Crusade have now been translated into English. However, the same is not true for material on Frankish Greece, despite this region’s importance to late medieval crusading. The Chronicle of Morea is the key source for the history of the Frankish states established in Greece after the conquest of Constantinople in 1204 and their relations with the reviving Byzantine Empire during the 13th century. It is also an important source for the growth of the Venetian maritime empire. Most of the action centers on the Peloponnesus, then called Achaia or Morea, where crusaders William of Champlitte and Geoffrey of Villehardouin (nephew of the famous chronicler) established a principality and the Villehardouins a dynasty. Preserved in a unique fourteenth-century manuscript, the Old French version of the Chronicle of Morea is a contemporary account of Frankish feudal life transposed onto foreign soil. It describes clashes, conquests, and ransoms between the Franks and Byzantines, as well as their alliances and arranged marriages. A rich source, the Chronicle of Morea brims with anecdotes giving insight into the operation of feudal justice, the role of noble women in feudal society, the practice of chivalry, and the conduct of warfare. Versions of the Chronicle exist in Aragonese, Greek, and Italian, as well as in Old French. However, this is the first translation into English or any other modern language of the Old French text, thus opening its content to a wider audience.

Chronicle of the Third Crusade Book

Chronicle of the Third Crusade


  • Author : Ricardus (Canonicus Sanctae Trinitatis Londoniensis)
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: HISTORY
  • Pages : 409
  • ISBN 10 : 1315240688

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Chronicle of the Third Crusade Excerpt :

This is a translation of the Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi, a contemporary chronicle of the Third Crusade, 1187-1192. Told from the viewpoint of the European crusaders, it recounts the fall of the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem to Saladin in 1187 and the subsequent expeditions to recover it, led by the Emperor Frederick I, King Philip II of France and King Richard I of England, the "Lionheart". This is the most comprehensive account of the crusade. Much of the account is from eyewitness sources and provides vivid and colourful details of the great campaigns. The translator gives background details of the events described, comparing this account with other accounts from Europe, the Christians of the Holy Land and Muslim writers. She also sets out the evidence for the authorship and sources of the chronicle.

Elite Participation in the Third Crusade Book

Elite Participation in the Third Crusade


  • Author : Stephen Bennett
  • Publisher : Boydell & Brewer
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 506
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783275786

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Elite Participation in the Third Crusade Excerpt :

The motivations behind those who went on the Third Crusade examined through close investigation of their social networks.

The Chronicle of Ibn Al Ath  r for the Crusading Period from Al K  mil F    l ta  r  kh  The years 541 589 Book

The Chronicle of Ibn Al Ath r for the Crusading Period from Al K mil F l ta r kh The years 541 589


  • Author : ʻIzz al-Dīn Ibn al-Athīr
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 437
  • ISBN 10 : 0754640787

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The Chronicle of Ibn Al Ath r for the Crusading Period from Al K mil F l ta r kh The years 541 589 Excerpt :

The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir (1160-1233 AD), entitled al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh, is one of the outstanding sources for the history of the mediaeval world. It covers the whole sweep of Islamic history almost up to the death of its author. The years in this part are dominated by the careers of Nur al-Din and Saladin, the champions of the Jihad, sometimes called the 'counter-crusade'.

The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin or al Nawadir al Sultaniyya wa l Mahasin al Yusufiyya by Baha  al Din Ibn Shaddad Book

The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin or al Nawadir al Sultaniyya wa l Mahasin al Yusufiyya by Baha al Din Ibn Shaddad


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-04-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351883214

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The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin or al Nawadir al Sultaniyya wa l Mahasin al Yusufiyya by Baha al Din Ibn Shaddad Excerpt :

Saladin is perhaps the one and only Muslim ruler who emerges with any clarity in standard tales and histories of the Crusades; this is a translation of Baha’ al-Din Ibn Shaddad’s account of his life and career. Ibn Shaddad (1144-1234) was clearly a great admirer of Saladin and was a close associate of his, serving as his qadi al-’askar (judge of the army), from 1188 until Saladin’s death in 1193. His position and his access to information make this an authoritative and essential source for Saladin’s career, while his personal relationship with the sultan adds a sympathetic and moving element to the account of his final years. Aside from its inherent value as a source for the history of Egypt and the Middle East, it therefore provides a much-needed complement and corrective to the widely-known Latin accounts of the Crusades and the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in the 12th century. The present translation is based on a fuller edition of the text than that used in the previous 19th-century translation, and takes into account the translator’s readings of the earliest manuscript of the work, dated July 1228.

Warriors of God Book
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Warriors of God


  • Author : James Reston, Jr.
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307430120

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Warriors of God Excerpt :

Acclaimed author James Reston, Jr.'s Warriors of God is the rich and engaging account of the Third Crusade (1187-1192), a conflict that would shape world history for centuries and which can still be felt in the Middle East and throughout the world today. James Reston, Jr. offers a gripping narrative of the epic battle that left Jerusalem in Muslim hands until the twentieth century, bringing an objective perspective to the gallantry, greed, and religious fervor that fueled the bloody clash between Christians and Muslims. As he recounts this rousing story, Reston brings to life the two legendary figures who led their armies against each other. He offers compelling portraits of Saladin, the wise and highly cultured leader who created a united empire, and Richard the Lionheart, the romantic personification of chivalry who emerges here in his full complexity and contradictions. From its riveting scenes of blood-soaked battles to its pageant of fascinating, larger-than-life characters, Warriors of God is essential history, history that helps us understand today's world.

The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa Book

The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-03-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317036852

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The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa Excerpt :

This is the first English translation of the main contemporary accounts of the Crusade and death of the German Frederick I Barbarossa (ruled 1152-90). The most important of these, the 'History of the Expedition of the Emperor Frederick' was written soon after the events described, and is a crucial, and under-used source for the Third Crusade (at least in the Anglophone world). The account begins with two letters describing the disaster of Hattin and Saladin's subsequent conquest of most of the Holy Land (the second of these is addressed to the duke of Austria). It goes on to describe how the emperor took the Cross, the preparations and recruitment for the Crusade, the diplomatic contacts of Barbarossa with the Byzantine Emperor and the Sultan of Iconium in an attempt to secure a peaceful passage for the expedition, and the Crusade itself: the journey through the Balkans and the gruelling march through Asia Minor, beset by Turkish attack, until its arrival at Antioch on 21st July 1190, eleven days after the emperor had drowned while crossing a river in Cilician Armenia. The 'History' gives a vivid account of the sufferings of the German army as it traversed Asia Minor. The account of the expedition itself appears to be, or to be based upon an eyewitness record, cast in the form of (often) a daily memoir. However, it concludes with an account of the captivity and release of Richard I in Germany, Henry VI's conquest of the kingdom of Sicily, and of the preparations for a new Crusade under his leadership. In addition, a number of further accounts related to, and expanding, the 'History of the Expedition' have also been translated, including a contemporary newsletter about the death of the emperor, as well as the narrative of Otto of St Blasien, placing the Crusade into context twenty years later, and a contemporary account of the capture of Silves in Portugal by German crusaders on their way to the Holy Land in 1189. This collection is a valuable companion volume to the

Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Book

Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe


  • Author : Valerie Schutte
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-10-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351618731

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Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Excerpt :

Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe examines queens dowager and queens consort who have disappeared from history or have been deeply misunderstood in modern historical treatment. Divided into eleven chapters, this book covers queenship from 1016 to 1800, demonstrating the influence of queens in different aspects of monarchy over eight centuries and furthering our knowledge of the roles and challenges that they faced. It also promotes a deeper understanding of the methods of power and patronage for women who were not queens, many of which have since become mythologized into what historians have wanted them to be. The chronological organisation of the book, meanwhile, allows the reader to see more clearly how these forgotten queens are related by the power, agency, and patronage they displayed, despite the mythologization to which they have all been subjected. Offering a broad geographical coverage and providing a comparison of queenship across a range of disciplines, such as religious history, art history, and literature, Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe is ideal for students and scholars of pre-modern queenship and of medieval and early modern history courses more generally.

Chronicles of the First Crusade Book
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Chronicles of the First Crusade


  • Author : Christopher Tyerman
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2011-11-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141970875

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Chronicles of the First Crusade Excerpt :

'O day so ardently desired! O time of times the most memorable! O deed before all other deeds!' The fall of Jerusalem in the summer of 1099 to an exhausted and starving army of Western European soldiers was one of the most extraordinary events of the Middle Ages.It was both the climax of a great wave of visionary Christian fervour and the beginning of what proved to be a futile and abortive attempt to implant a new European kingdom in an overwhelmingly Muslim world.The legacy of these events continues to be argued over more than nine centuries later.This remarkable collection of first-hand accounts brings to life the First Crusade in all its cruelty and strangeness.

Syria in Crusader Times Book

Syria in Crusader Times


  • Author : Carole Hillenbrand
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-05-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474429726

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Syria in Crusader Times Excerpt :

Presenting numerous interconnected insights into life in Greater Syria in the twelfth century, this book covers a wide range of themes relating to Crusader-Muslim relations. Some chapters deal with various literary sources, including little-known Crusader chronicles, a jihad treatise, a lost Muslim history of the Franks, biographies, letters and poems. Other chapters look at material culture, from coins to urban development, internal relations between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims and between Crusader and Oriental Christians, and the role of the Turkmen. New insights into the career of Saladin are revealed, for example through the work of a little-known propagandist at his court, and Saladin's use of gift-giving for political purposes, as well as neglected aspects of the rule of his family dynasty, the Ayyubids, which succeeded him. Special attention is paid to the Christians residing in the Middle East, from Italians to Melkites and Armenians.