Law and History in the Latin East
This second collection of papers by Peter Edbury focuses primarily on the literature either composed in the Latin East or closely associated with it. The legal treatises from the kingdom of Jerusalem and from Cyprus and Antioch have long been recognized as providing insights into the juridical and social history of these places in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and some of the papers re-issued here reflect the author's work in re-editing two of the most famous of these treaties, those by John of Ibelin-Jaffa and Philip of Novara. The studies on historical literature are chiefly concerned with vernacular texts, most notably the Old French translation of William of Tyre and its Continuations, again much a result of his current work on a new edition of the Continuations and the associated text known as La Chronique d'Ernoul. Other papers concerned with aspects of the narrative traditions that furnish a significant part of our knowledge of Lusignan Cyprus in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and with which in one way or another Peter Edbury has been engaged since the early 1970s.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Legal Literature and the Law in the Latin East: Fiefs, vassaux et service militaire dans le royaume latin de Jérusalem; Fiefs and vassals in the Kingdom of Jerusalem: from the 12th century to the 13th; Philip of Novara and the Livre de Forme de Plait; The Livre des Assises by John of Jaffa: the development and transmission of the text; Women and the customs of the High Court of Jerusalem according to John of Ibelin; Cultural encounters in the Latin East. John of Jaffa and Philip of Novara; The Assises d’Antioche: law and custom in the principality of Antioch. The Old French William of Tyre and its Continuations: The French translation of William of Tyre’s Historia: the manuscript tradition; The Old French William of Tyre and the origins of the Templars; The Old French William of Tyre, the Templars and the assassin envoy; The Lyon Eracles and the Old French continuations of William of Tyre; New perspectives on the Old French continuations of William of Tyre; Gerard of Ridefort and the Battle of Le Cresson (1 May 1187): the developing narrative tradition; A new text of the Annales de Terre Sainte. Cyprus and Later Narrative Writing: Redating the death of King Henry I of Cyprus?; The De Montforts in the Latin East; The arrest of the Templars in Cyprus. Cyprus: Latins and Greeks on crusader Cyprus; The Templars in Cyprus; The ‘Cartulaire de Manosque’: a grant to the Templars in Latin Syria and a charter of King Hugh I of Cyprus. Crusading: The crusades and their critics; Looking back on the Second Crusade: some late 12th-century English perspectives; Preaching the crusade in Wales; Celestine III, the crusade and the Latin East. Addenda and corrigenda; Index.
Peter Edbury is emeritus professor of Medieval History at Cardiff University.