Chronicles of the Crusades

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Penguin Books Limited, 1963 - History - 362 pages
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Composed by soldiers who fought in the Holy Wars, these two famous French chronicles are among the most important portrayals of both the dark and light side of the two hundred year struggle for possession of Jerusalem. The first trustworthy and fully informed history of the Crusades, Villehardouin’s Conquest of Constantinople describes the era of the Fourth Crusade – the period between 1199 and 1207, during which a planned battle with Moslem forces ironically culminated in war against Eastern Christians that led to the sacking of Constantinople. The Life of Saint Louis, by Joinville, was inspired by the author’s close attachment to the pious King Louis, and focuses on the years between 1226 and 1270. It provides a powerful, personal insight into the brutal battles and the fascinating travels of one nobleman, fighting in the Sixth and Seventh Crusades.

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User Review  - Andrew Babb - Goodreads

A vivid description of the dark power which ideas can hold over human hearts, and the depths they can bring us to. Read full review

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two awesome retellings about two major crusades. Read full review

About the author (1963)

Jean de Joinville was born between 1224 and 1225, the second son of a nobleman of Champagne. Many of his faimly had gone on crusades and he grew up in their shadow. Due to a series of deaths, he became Lord of Joinville in his early teens. Jean probably first saw Louis (the man who had a profound effect on his life) at Saumur in 1241, though he met him properly on the Seventh Crusade. he wrote his Life of Saint Louis in old age, as a tribute to a king and also a portrait of a loved friend. Geoffroy de Villehardouin was probably born between 1150 and 1154. His father was a nobleman of Champagne, and Geoffroy became Marshal of Champagne in 1185, due to his family connections. He compiled his history of the fourth crusade a few years after the close of the expedition, and wrote from first-hand knowledge. He later became Marshal of Romania, where he remained until the end of his life around 1207. Margaret Shaw received a first from Oxford in languages, after which she taught in Bradford, before moving to Paris. She did research on Laurence Sterne and published a book about his 'Letter to Eliza'. She became a tutor at St Hugh's, Oxford and translated Stendhal for the Penguin Classics. She died in 1963.

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