Robert the Monk's History of the First Crusade Historia Iherosolimitana

ISBN-10: 0754658627

ISBN-13: 9780754658627

Edition: 2005

Authors: Carol Sweetenham

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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 interest lies in the great popularity it enjoyed in the Middle Ages.The text has close links with the vernacular literary tradition and is written in a racy style which would not disgrace a modern tabloid journalist. Its reflection of contemporary legends and anecdotes gives us insights into perceptions of the Crusade at that time and opens up interesting perspectives onto the relationship of history and fiction in the twelfth century. The introduction discusses what we know about Robert, his importance as a historical source and his place in the literary tradition of the First Crusade.
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List price: $27.20
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction: The textual history of the Historia Iherosolimitana
Robert and the Gesta Francorum
Robert's relationship with other sources and value as a historical source
Robert as author: the theologian, the historiographer and the storyteller
Principles of translation
Translation of Robert the Monk's Historia Iherosolimitana: Sermo Apologeticus
The Council of Clermont and the Crusade of Peter the Hermit: November 1095-October 1096
The journey to Constantinople and negotiations there: October 1096-April 1097
Nicaea, Dorylaeum and the arrival at Antioch: May 1097-October 1097
The siege of Antioch: October 1097-February 1098
Events leading to the fall of Antioch: February 1098-June 1098
The Christians besieged in Antioch: June 1098
Victory at Antioch: June 1098-October 1098
From Antioch to Jerusalem: November 1098-June 1099
The fall of Jerusalem and the battle of Ascalon: June 1099-August 1099
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