The Chronicle of the Third Crusade : The Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi Paperback
Edited by Helen Jane Nicholson
Part of the Crusade Texts in Translation series
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 recover it, led by the Emperor Frederick I, King Philip II of France and King Richard I of England, the Lionheart". This is the most comprehensive account of the crusade. Much of the account is from eyewitness sources and provides vivid and colourful details of the great campaigns. The translator gives background details of the events described, comparing this account with other accounts from Europe, the Christians of the Holy Land and Muslim writers. She also sets out the evidence for the authorship and sources of the chronicle.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 422 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/06/2001
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9780754605812
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Review by Poleaxe
An outstanding book. I've found that the most informative and engaging pieces to read on history are chronicles written during the events or shortly thereafter. This one was written by someone who was there and participated in the 3rd Crusade. It is filled with accounts of battles and personal acts of bravery and combat. One also gets a better idea of what the average crusader/pilgrim suffered through to make such a monumental journey. The modern reader is struck by the enormous energy, money, and time spent on this campaign and the realization that it had been repeated many times over all over the world throughout history. It is almost difficult for one to wrap their brain around it.A very good read, one of the best I've run across in a while, and I would recommend it to anyone. In fact, it should be a requisite for the serious student.