The Conquest of the Holy Land by Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn
A critical edition and translation of the anonymous Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae per Saladinum
The Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae per Saladinum (or Little Book about the Conquest of the Holy Land by Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn) is the most substantial contemporary Latin account of the conquest of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1187. Seemingly written by a churchman who was in Jerusalem itself when the city was besieged and captured, the Libellus fuses historical narrative and biblical exegesis in an attempt to recount and interpret the loss of the Holy Land, an event that provoked an outpouring of grief throughout western Christendom and sparked the Third Crusade. This book provides an English translation of the Libellus accompanied by a new, comprehensive critical edition of the Latin text and a detailed study in the introduction.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Summary of text
Reliability and authorship of Part I
Style, language, and exegesis
The continuation (Parts II and III)
Notices, editions, and translations
Principles of edition and translation
Sigla used in this edition
Text and translation
Appendix 1—Ralph of Coggeshall’s Chronicon Anglicanum: Sources for 1187
Appendix 3—Biblical references
Keagan Brewer and James H. Kane are both historians of the Crusades at the University of Sydney, Australia. Keagan Brewer is an Honorary Research Associate at the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and James H. Kane is a lecturer in medieval language and literature.