Marino Sanudo Torsello, The Book of the Secrets of the Faithful of the Cross: Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Marino Sanudo Torsello, The Book of the Secrets of the Faithful of the Cross

Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Lock


486 pages

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This is the first full translation of Marino Sanudo Torsello's Secreta fidelium Crucis to be made into English. The work itself is a piece of crusading propaganda following the fall of Acre in 1291, written between 1300 and 1321, but it includes much of historical relevance along with interesting observations on the early history of Jerusalem and the Crusader Kingdom. The translation is based upon the text edited by Jacques Bongars in 1611. There is an introduction that contextualises the book, its author, his sources and his audience. The notes provide essential information to clarify internal textual references and allusions, as well as the role of Biblical references in Sanudo's grand design. The index is designed to make this detailed text usable and accessible. In this, his major work, Sanudo advocated the conquest of Egypt as the means to regain Jerusalem for the Latins and worked through his points with considerable detail alongside references to 13th-century Mediterranean history, especially involving Louis IX of France and Charles of Anjou, king of Naples. Books I and II give considerable detailed discussion of the concept, plan and costs of his proposed crusade. Book III provides an outline history of the crusades and the crusader states. It is derived from a wide-reading of other sources especially of William of Tyre, and, for events after 1184 on the Eracles, the letters of James of Vitry, and Sanudo's own experiences in the east. Throughout, the work contains a staggering amount of cartographical, ethnographical, geographical, and nautical information, as well as numerous unique insights into historical events and personalities of the late 13th century, not only in Outremer but in Western Europe.


'Lock should be praised for a highly efficient and sober English version of such an important text for scholars of literary culture, Venice, western relations with Byzantium, Mediterranean commerce and history, cartography and the crusades.' English Historical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Book of the Secrets of the Faithful of the Cross, that is both for the preservation of the faithful and for the conversion and destruction of the infidel: also for the recovery and retention of the Holy Land and many other lands in a sound, peaceful and quiet state. Book 1,The Disposition and Preparation for the Recovery of the Holy Land. Book 2, The Ways and Means by which the Holy Land can be Recovered. Book 3, Keeping, Holding and Possessing the Holy Land of Promise. Index.

About the Editor

Peter Lock was Professor of Medieval History, now retired, at York St John University, UK

About the Series

Crusade Texts in Translation

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.

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