Chronicles of the First Crusade

Chronicles of the First Crusade The gripping story of the First Crusade as witnessed by contemporary writersThe fall of Jerusalem in to an army of exhausted and starving western European soldiers was one of the most extraordin

  • Title: Chronicles of the First Crusade
  • Author: Christopher Tyerman
  • ISBN: 9780241955222
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • The gripping story of the First Crusade, as witnessed by contemporary writersThe fall of Jerusalem in 1099 to an army of exhausted and starving western European soldiers was one of the most extraordinary events in history with a legacy that remains controversial than nine centuries later This remarkable collection contains firsthand accounts from the knights, religioThe gripping story of the First Crusade, as witnessed by contemporary writersThe fall of Jerusalem in 1099 to an army of exhausted and starving western European soldiers was one of the most extraordinary events in history with a legacy that remains controversial than nine centuries later This remarkable collection contains firsthand accounts from the knights, religious leaders, and peasants who experienced the First Crusade in all its cruelty and strangeness Edited with an introduction and notes by one of the foremost experts on the Crusades, Chronicles of the First Crusade is a comprehensive look at the climax of Christian fervor and the record of an ultimately futile attempt to implant a European kingdom in an overwhelmingly Muslim world.

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    1. Been reading this slowly for the last few months. Extremely helpful. Full review now available at Vintage Novels!

    2. I always think it's hilarious when people give middling or negative reviews to primary sources, as if they expected an enthralling narrative and character development. Anyway I give this book five stars 'cuz it's well-selected (it interweaves extracts from the source material into a not-quite-coherent, but chronological, narrative), there's enough explanatory text and footnotes that you can follow the narrative (though I wouldn't actually recommend reading this without already having a reasonabl [...]

    3. Essential reading for anyone interested in the crusades. This is very well laid out with the excerpts from the sources arranged in chronological order with brief explanatory notes at the beginning of each section. The excerpts are well selected and as well as covering all the key events also convey a great sense of the mind set of the participants. With significant chunks from the Gesta Francorum, Fulcher of Chartres and Raymond of Aguilers as well as Anna Comnena we also get a wide range of oth [...]

    4. -Taking contemporary accounts and weaving them into a narrative works quite well.-Things that were 'delightful' back then can make you laugh (in an extremely inappropriate fashion)-Helps one to have a better understanding the state of the middle east today-Bohemund is awesome!

    5. Well sourced and translated. I couldn't help but get worn down by the language used by the chronicles. I much prefer modern accounts interspersed with some contemporary quotes, rather than the reverse.

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