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Geoffrey of Villehardouin was born in around 1150. In 1185 he was appointed to the office of marshal of Champagne, and having taken the cross in 1199 he was subsequently appointed as an envoy by the leaders of the Fourth Crusade. He was privy to crucial decisions made throughout the course of the crusade, which ended with the conquest of Constantinople from its Greek Christian rulers in April 1204. His account of The Conquest of Constantinople relates the controversial history of the Fourth Crusade and the early years of the Latin empire from the perspective of a well-informed insider. John of Joinville was born in 1224 or 1225. In 1233 he inherited the office of seneschal of Champagne that would give him a leading role in the administrative affairs of the county. He took the cross for the first crusade led by King Louis IX of France. Joinville became a close friend of Louis IX and after their return to France he was a familiar figure at the royal court. Joinville refused to join Louis on his second crusade and was therefore not present when the king died in 1270. He honoured his friend's memory by giving evidence to the enquiry that established the king's sanctity and by composing The Life of Saint Louis as a record of his holy words and good deeds.
It was exactly what I needed in my course and for my own intellectual expansion. Clear translation and easy to read.Published 4 months ago by Julian
It is written about the crusades which is very violent and brutal time in history. These are first hand experiences written into small chronicles.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I needed the Penguin version of this because it has the proper chapter numbers needed for cross-referencing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kimon
These are translations of actual accounts of events related to the Crusades. It you want to get an idea of how these men thought you will want to take a look. Well worth the price.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
good book, used it for research with my own books... an author has to be accurate. Thank you for carrying it.Published 15 months ago by MALISSA
While I enjoyed this book, I would not recommend this for anyone with a hard interest in history or the crudes in particular. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Martin Reilly