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Crusade Texts in Translation


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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.

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at Routledge ([email protected])

 

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The Seventh Crusade, 1244–1254 Sources and Documents

The Seventh Crusade, 1244–1254: Sources and Documents

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Jackson
June 28, 2009

The Seventh Crusade, led by King Louis IX of France, was the last major expedition for the recovery of the Holy Land actually to reach the Near East. The failure of his invasion of Egypt (1249-50), followed by his four-year stay in Palestine in order to retrieve the disaster, had a profound impact ...

The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon A Translation of the Medieval Catalan Llibre dels Fets

The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon: A Translation of the Medieval Catalan Llibre dels Fets

1st Edition

Edited By Damian J. Smith, Helena Buffery
April 21, 2016

The 'Book of Deeds' is the first known autobiography by a Christian king. Its author was James I of Aragon (1213-76), known as 'The Conqueror', one of the great political figures of 13th-century Europe and a successful crusader. In his 'Deeds', James describes the turbulent years of his minority, ...

Baybars’ Successors Ibn al-Furāt on Qalāwūn and al-Ashraf

Baybars’ Successors: Ibn al-Furāt on Qalāwūn and al-Ashraf

1st Edition

By Translated by David Cook
April 07, 2020

Ibn al-Furat (d. 1405) is an understudied Mamluk historian, whose materials for the period of the later Crusades is unique. While sections of his history for the period prior to 1277 have been translated, later sections have not. His text provides both an overview and a critique of earlier ...

Chronicles of Qalāwūn and his son al-Ashraf Khalīl

Chronicles of Qalāwūn and his son al-Ashraf Khalīl

1st Edition

By Translated by David Cook
April 07, 2020

This volume provides translations of texts on the Mamluk Sultan Qalāwūn (1279-90) and his son al-Malik al-Ashraf (1290-93), which cover the end of the Crusader interlude in the Syrian Levant. Translated from the original Arabic, these chronicles detail the Mamluk perception of the Crusaders, the ...

The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir for the Crusading Period from al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh. Part 2 The Years 541–589/1146–1193: The Age of Nur al-Din and Saladin

The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir for the Crusading Period from al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh. Part 2: The Years 541–589/1146–1193: The Age of Nur al-Din and Saladin

1st Edition

Edited By D.S. Richards
July 28, 2010

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 and, with the sources available to him, he attempted to embrace...

Prester John: The Legend and its Sources

Prester John: The Legend and its Sources

1st Edition

Edited By Keagan Brewer
December 12, 2019

The legend of Prester John has received much scholarly attention over the last hundred years, but never before have the sources been collected and coherently presented to readers. This book now brings together a fully-representative set of texts setting out the many and various sources from which ...

The Old French Chronicle of Morea An Account of Frankish Greece after the Fourth Crusade

The Old French Chronicle of Morea: An Account of Frankish Greece after the Fourth Crusade

1st Edition

Edited By Anne Van Arsdall, Helen Moody
October 23, 2017

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 ...

The Gesta Tancredi of Ralph of Caen A History of the Normans on the First Crusade

The Gesta Tancredi of Ralph of Caen: A History of the Normans on the First Crusade

1st Edition

By Bernard S Bachrach, David S. Bachrach
September 19, 2016

This is the first translation into English of Ralph of Caen's Gesta Tancredi. This text provides an exceptionally important narrative of the First Crusade and its immediate aftermath, covering the period 1096-1105, but is often neglected, due in no small part to the difficulties of its Latin. A ...

Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, 1187–1291

Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, 1187–1291

1st Edition

By Denys Pringle
January 12, 2018

This book presents new translations of a selection of Latin and French pilgrimage texts - and two in Greek - relating to Jerusalem and the Holy Land between the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin in 1187 and the loss of Acre to the Mamluks in 1291. It therefore complements and extends existing studies, ...

Robert the Monk's History of the First Crusade Historia Iherosolimitana

Robert the Monk's History of the First Crusade: Historia Iherosolimitana

1st Edition

Edited By Carol Sweetenham
August 14, 2006

This is the first English translation of Robert the Monk's Historia Iherosolimitana, a Latin prose chronicle describing the First Crusade. In addition to providing new and unique information on the Crusade (Robert claims to have been an eyewitness of the Council of Clermont in 1095), its particular...

The Conquest of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade Sources in Translation

The Conquest of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade: Sources in Translation

1st Edition

By Peter W. Edbury
May 28, 1996

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...

The Song of the Cathar Wars A History of the Albigensian Crusade

The Song of the Cathar Wars: A History of the Albigensian Crusade

1st Edition

Edited By Janet Shirley
December 28, 2000

The Song of the Cathar Wars is the first translation into English of the Old Provençal Canso recounting the events of the years 1204-1218 in Southern France. In an effort to extirpate the Cathar heresy, Pope Innocent III launched what is now known as the Albigensian Crusade, but it was fiercely ...

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