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.
'Helen Nicholson has produced both a superbly readable translation and added considerably to our understanding of the genesis of an undoubtedly important text.' English Historical Review 'This excellent translation of Stubb’s Rolls Series edition (1864) of the most comprehensive, near-contemporary history of the Third Crusade will be an immense boon to all students of the crusade and of the crusading movement in general…Thanks to Dr. Nicholson, students can now read an enthralling account of the dramatic five years between Saladin’s victory at Hattin in 1187 and the truce negotiated by Richard I in 1192, that fierce conflict which Richard de Templo saw as an inter-continental struggle, Christian Europe taking on the combined forces of Muslim Asia and Africa.' The Catholic Historical Review
Contents: Introduction; The Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi: Prologue; Book 1; Book 2; Book 3; Book 4; Book 5; Book 6; 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.