Albert of Aachen’s History of the Journey to Jerusalem presents the story of the First Crusade (1095-1099) and the early history of the crusader states (1099-1119). Volume 1, The First Crusade, is a long and richly detailed account of events well known from the reports of participants, such as Fulcher of Chartres, Raymond of Aguilers and the anonymous author of the Gesta Francorum, but told from a strikingly different perspective. Albert did not go on crusade himself, but gathered reports and anecdotes from those who did, and wove them into narrative that foregrounds the activities of Peter the Hermit, Godfrey of Bouillon, Baldwin of Boulogne, and their followers. His History therefore offers a counter-balance, and sometimes a corrective, to the established view. Susan B. Edgington’s English translation has been widely praised, following its first publication in the Oxford Medieval Texts series, and is here presented with a new introduction and updated notes and bibliography.
'The English translation is clear and highly readable, the notes modest and helpful. The division into two volumes is an admirable idea … We are much in debt to Edgington, not only for the original edition/translation, but now also for this handy and very useful two-volume English version. It should have wide and very satisfactory use both in and out of classrooms.' Speculum ’This is an excellent work. Susan Edgington has taken particular trouble to make the book accessible to students through the notes, the running comparisons with other sources and the explanatory elements in the index.’ Malcolm Barber Reviews of the previous edition: ’Susan B. Edgington’s translation of Albert of Aachen’s Historia represents a major contribution to crusade studies and to medieval historiography generally.’ Jay Rubenstein, Journal of Ecclesiastical History ’[T]he translation [is] unfussy and accurate; the notes, both literary and historical, are useful and concise.’ Christopher Tyerman, English Historical Review ’[T]he translation is very good indeed…an essential tool that all students of the Crusades and the Latin East must now have or have access to. Rarely can it be said that a work consigns everything else produced in the past in its genre to oblivion, but this does. Dr Edgington deserves the highest accolades.’ John Pryor, The Journal of Religious History
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Books 1-6; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
The crusading movement, which originated in the 11th century and lasted beyond the 16th, bequeathed to its future historians a legacy of sources which are unrivalled in their range and variety. These sources document in fascinating detail the motivations and viewpoints, military efforts and spiritual lives, of the participants in the crusades. They also narrate the internal histories of the states and societies which crusaders established or supported in the many regions where they fought. Some of these sources have been translated in the past but the vast majority have been available only in their original language. The goal of this series is to provide a wide ranging corpus of texts, most of them translated for the first time, which will illuminate the history of the crusades and the crusader-states from every angle, including that of their principal adversaries, the Muslim powers of the Middle East.