History: Book Series

Crusade Texts in Translation

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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.

  • Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, 1187–1291

    By Denys Pringle

    This book presents new translations of a selection of Latin and French pilgrimage texts - and two in Greek - relating to Jerusalem and the Holy Land between the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin in 1187 and the loss of Acre to the Mamluks in 1291. It therefore complements and extends existing studies,…

    Paperback – 2017-09-30 
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  • The Old French Chronicle of Morea

    An Account of Frankish Greece after the Fourth Crusade

    Edited by Anne Van Arsdall, Helen Moody

    Numerous Byzantine and Western sources describing the events of the Fourth Crusade have now been translated into English. However, the same is not true for material on Frankish Greece, despite this region’s importance to late medieval crusading. The Chronicle of Morea is the key source for the…

    Paperback – 2017-09-30 
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  • The Chanson des Chétifs and Chanson de Jérusalem

    Completing the Central Trilogy of the Old French Crusade Cycle

    By Carol Sweetenham

    The First Crusade was arguably one of the most significant events of the Middle Ages. It was the only event to generate its own epic cycle, the Old French Crusade Cycle. The central trilogy at the heart of the Cycle describes the Crusade from its beginnings to the climactic battle of Ascalon,…

    Hardback – 2016-01-15
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  • Prester John: The Legend and its Sources

    The legend of Prester John has received much scholarly attention over the last hundred years, but never before have the sources been collected and coherently presented to readers. This book now brings together a fully-representative set of texts setting out the many and various sources from which…

    Hardback – 2015-05-28
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  • Caffaro, Genoa and the Twelfth-Century Crusades

    By Martin Hall

    This volume provides the first comprehensive English translation, with a substantial introduction and notes, of the writings of Caffaro of Genoa, as well as related texts and documents on Genoa and the crusades. The majority of early crusading historiography is from a northern European and clerical…

    Hardback – 2013-09-27
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  • Albert of Aachen's History of the Journey to Jerusalem

    Two volume set

    Albert of Aachen’s History of the Journey to Jerusalem presents the story of the First Crusade (1095-1099) and the early history of the crusader states (1099-1119). Volume 1, The First Crusade, is a long and richly detailed account of events well known from the reports of participants, such as…

    Pack – 2013-06-19
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  • Albert of Aachen's History of the Journey to Jerusalem

    Volume 2: Books 7-12. The Early History of the Latin States, 1099-1119

    Albert of Aachen’s History of the Journey to Jerusalem presents the story of the First Crusade (1095-1099) and the first generation of Latin settlers in the Levant (1099-1119). Volume 2, The Early History of the Latin States, provides a surprising level of detail about the reign of King Baldwin I (…

    Paperback – 2013-06-12
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  • Albert of Aachen's History of the Journey to Jerusalem

    Volume 1: Books 1–6. The First Crusade, 1095–1099

    Albert of Aachen’s History of the Journey to Jerusalem presents the story of the First Crusade (1095-1099) and the early history of the crusader states (1099-1119). Volume 1, The First Crusade, is a long and richly detailed account of events well known from the reports of participants, such as…

    Paperback – 2013-06-12
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  • The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa

    The History of the Expedition of the Emperor Frederick and Related Texts

    This is the first English translation of the main contemporary accounts of the Crusade and death of the German Frederick I Barbarossa (ruled 1152-90). The most important of these, the 'History of the Expedition of the Emperor Frederick' was written soon after the events described, and is a crucial,…

    Paperback – 2013-05-31
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  • Letters from the East

    Crusaders, Pilgrims and Settlers in the 12th–13th Centuries

    By Malcolm Barber, Keith Bate

    No written source is entirely without literary artifice, but the letters sent from Asia Minor, Syria and Palestine in the high middle ages come closest to recording the real feelings of those who lived in and visited the crusader states. They are not, of course, reflective pieces, but they do…

    Paperback – 2013-05-31
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  • The Chanson d'Antioche

    An Old French Account of the First Crusade

    Edited by Carol Sweetenham

    The Old-French Chanson d'Antioche has long intrigued historians and literary scholars. Unusually among epic poems, it follows closely a well documented historical event - the First Crusade - and appears to include substantial and genuine historical content. At one time it was believed to be based…

    Hardback – 2011-12-28
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  • Marino Sanudo Torsello, The Book of the Secrets of the Faithful of the Cross

    Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis

    Edited by Peter Lock

    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…

    Hardback – 2011-03-18
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  • The Chronicle of Prussia by Nicolaus von Jeroschin

    A History of the Teutonic Knights in Prussia, 1190–1331

    This is the first English translation of the 'Chronicle of Prussia', which was written by Nicolaus von Jeroschin, in middle German verse, during the period from 1330 to 1341. It is a history of the Teutonic Knights, encompassing the period between the foundation of the order, in 1190, and 1331. The…

    Hardback – 2010-12-08
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  • The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir for the Crusading Period from al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh. Parts 1-3

    The Years 491–629/1097–1231

    The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir (1160-1233AD), entitled "al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh", is one of the outstanding sources for the history of the mediaeval world. It covers the whole sweep of Islamic history almost up to the death of its author and, with the sources available to him, he attempted to embrace…

    Pack – 2010-07-14
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  • The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir for the Crusading Period from al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh. Part 2

    The Years 541–589/1146–1193: The Age of Nur al-Din and Saladin

    The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir (1160-1233 AD), entitled "al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh", is one of the outstanding sources for the history of the mediaeval world. It covers the whole sweep of Islamic history almost up to the death of its author and, with the sources available to him, he attempted to embrace…

    Paperback – 2010-07-02
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  • The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir for the Crusading Period from al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh. Part 1

    The Years 491–541/1097–1146: The Coming of the Franks and the Muslim Response

    The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir (1160-1233AD), entitled 'al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh', is one of the outstanding sources for the history of the mediaeval world. It covers the whole sweep of Islamic history almost up to the death of its author and, with the sources available to him, he attempted to embrace…

    Paperback – 2010-07-02
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  • The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir for the Crusading Period from al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh. Part 3

    The Years 589–629/1193–1231: The Ayyubids after Saladin and the Mongol Menace

    The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir (1160-1233AD), entitled "al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh", is one of the outstanding sources for the history of the mediaeval world. It covers the whole sweep of Islamic history almost up to the death of its author and, with the sources available to him, he attempted to embrace…

    Paperback – 2010-07-02
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  • The Gesta Tancredi of Ralph of Caen

    A History of the Normans on the First Crusade

    By Ralph of Caen

    This is the first translation into English of Ralph of Caen's Gesta Tancredi. This text provides an exceptionally important narrative of the First Crusade and its immediate aftermath, covering the period 1096-1105, but is often neglected, due in no small part to the difficulties of its Latin. A…

    Paperback – 2010-04-28
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  • The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon

    A Translation of the Medieval Catalan Llibre dels Fets

    Edited by Damian J. Smith, Helena Buffery

    The 'Book of Deeds' is the first known autobiography by a Christian king. Its author was James I of Aragon (1213-76), known as 'The Conqueror', one of the great political figures of 13th-century Europe and a successful crusader. In his 'Deeds', James describes the turbulent years of his minority,…

    Paperback – 2010-03-25
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  • The Seventh Crusade, 1244–1254

    Sources and Documents

    The Seventh Crusade, led by King Louis IX of France, was the last major expedition for the recovery of the Holy Land actually to reach the Near East. The failure of his invasion of Egypt (1249-50), followed by his four-year stay in Palestine in order to retrieve the disaster, had a profound impact…

    Paperback – 2009-06-28
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  • Robert the Monk's History of the First Crusade

    Historia Iherosolimitana

    Edited by Carol Sweetenham

    This is the first English translation of Robert the Monk's Historia Iherosolimitana, a Latin prose chronicle describing the First Crusade. In addition to providing new and unique information on the Crusade (Robert claims to have been an eyewitness of the Council of Clermont in 1095), its particular…

    Paperback – 2006-08-14
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  • The 'Templar of Tyre'

    Part III of the 'Deeds of the Cypriots'

    Edited by Paul F. Crawford

    The so-called 'Templar of Tyre' is the third and longest section of an important 14th-century chronicle known as the Gestes des Chiprois. Written by a Cypriot knight who served the Templar Master William of Beaujeu as an Arabic translator and a member of his immediate retinue, the 'Templar of Tyre…

    Hardback – 2003-11-11
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  • The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin or al-Nawadir al-Sultaniyya wa'l-Mahasin al-Yusufiyya by Baha' al-Din Ibn Shaddad

    Saladin is perhaps the one and only Muslim ruler who emerges with any clarity in standard tales and histories of the Crusades; this is a translation of Baha’ al-Din Ibn Shaddad’s account of his life and career. Ibn Shaddad (1144-1234) was clearly a great admirer of Saladin and was a close…

    Paperback – 2002-11-20
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  • The Crusade against Heretics in Bohemia, 1418–1437

    Sources and Documents for the Hussite Crusades

    Edited by Thomas A. Fudge

    This selection of over 200 texts, nearly all appearing for the first time in English translation, provides a close-up look at the crusades against the Hussite heretics of 15th-century Bohemia, from the perspective of the official Church - or at their struggles for religious freedom, from the…

    Hardback – 2002-08-13
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  • The Chronicle of the Third Crusade

    The Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi

    Edited by Helen J. Nicholson

    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…

    Paperback – 2001-06-01
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  • Guillaume de Machaut

    The Capture of Alexandria

    Edited by Janet Shirley, Peter W. Edbury

    Guillaume de Machaut, a man famous for both his poetry and his musical compositions, wrote his Prise d’Alexandrie (or Capture of Alexandria) just a few years after the death of his hero, King Peter I of Cyprus (1359-69). It is a verse history of Peter’s reign, and was Machaut’s last major literary…

    Hardback – 2001-05-21
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  • The Song of the Cathar Wars

    A History of the Albigensian Crusade

    Edited by Janet Shirley

    The Song of the Cathar Wars is the first translation into English of the Old Provençal Canso recounting the events of the years 1204-1218 in Southern France. In an effort to extirpate the Cathar heresy, Pope Innocent III launched what is now known as the Albigensian Crusade, but it was fiercely…

    Paperback – 2000-12-07
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  • Walter the Chancellor’s The Antiochene Wars

    A Translation and Commentary

    Edited by Susan B. Edgington

    Walter the Chancellor's vivid first-hand account of the wars between the Muslims and the principality of Antioch in the early 12th century describes a less well-known period in the history of the Crusades, and provides a useful counterpart to the usual focus on Jerusalem. It is here presented for…

    Hardback – 1999-07-30
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  • Crusader Syria in the Thirteenth Century

    The Rothelin Continuation of the History of William of Tyre with Part of the Eracles or Acre Text

    Edited by Janet Shirley

    The Old French ’Rothelin’ Continuation of William of Tyre’s Historia provides one of the best contemporary narratives of the history of the crusades and of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in the mid-thirteenth century. Covering the period 1229-61, it has vivid accounts of the disastrous expeditions…

    Hardback – 1999-04-13
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  • The Conquest of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade

    Sources in Translation

    By Peter W. Edbury

    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…

    Paperback – 1998-11-02
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