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 French Continuation of William Tyre for the years 1184-97. This key medieval narrative poses problems for the historian in that it achieved its present form in the 1240s, though it clearly incorporates much earlier material. Professor Edbury's authoritative introduction, notes and maps help interpretation of this and other contemporary texts which are included in this volume, making it an invaluable resource for teachers and students of the crusades.
'…Peter Edbury provides a valuable annotated translation…he relates this narrative to other accounts of the same events, pointing out discrepancies, clarifying obvious mistakes, and examining the possible biases of the differing accounts. What emerges is a delightful narrative in the idiom of the time, with a cogent modern commentary.' MESA Bulletin 'Edbury’s translation is clear and fluent, skilfully balancing the requisites of a faithful adherence to the text with a modern rendition of it. This excellent collection of source material will be a great boon for teachers and students of crusade history.' Journal of Religious History '…students of the Crusades and others with limited Latin and Old French will find this an exceedingly useful body of material.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
Contents: Introduction; PART I: The Old French Continuation of William of Tyre, 1184-97; PART II: Selected Sources; 1 The Marriage of Guy of Lusignan and Sibylla (1180); 2 The Coronation of Guy and Sibylla (1186); 3 The Battle of Cresson (1 May 1187); 4 The Battle of Hattin (4 July 1187) and its Aftermath; 5 The Repercussions of Defeat; 6 The Siege of Acre (1189-91); 7 Richard the Lionheart in the Holy Land (1191-2); Select 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.