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Chronicles of the Crusades (Penguin Classics) Paperback – March 31, 2009
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Joinville's chronicle of the 7th crusade into the Holy Land was similarly fascinating, providing more information about a European's impressions of the Near East and Christian-Islamic conflict than Villehardoun. I much preferred Joinville for this reason. Together, both accounts provide a well-rounded history of the time and place - a tremendously interesting read for professional and armchair historians alike.
Joinville gives an equally appreciable account of a crusade, this time a failed attempt in Egypt by Saint Louis. Joinville is an author that gives a huge amount of information. The integrity of Louis is apparent as well as the mistakes made by the crusaders (Joinville rarely places direct blame of any failure on Louis, noting instead Louis's brother and his failures.)
This is a well introduced book and is not difficult to read in my opinion.
Villehardouin at the beginning of The Conquest of Constantinople was the Marshall of Champagne under Thibault the Count of Champagne who took the cross initiating the Fourth Crusade along with a couple of his cousins Louis the Count of Blois and Baldwin (Baudouin) Count of Flanders and Hainault. Villehardouin was one of the principal players in the "fourth crusade" often representing the crusaders in negotiations (including negotiating transport of the crusaders with the Venetians) and participated in numerous battles. He was definitely in a position to provide a complete history of the crusade and its aftermath. Indeed Villehardouin's account often is referenced and cited by modern historians.
Yet in reading Villehardouin's chronicle I often found that he was distorting the politics and affixing blame on others to deflect the immorality of his actions and the other leaders of the crusaders. His chronicle often protects the characters of Boniface the Marquis de Montferrat and Enrico Dandolo the Doge of Venice. The Marquis at the end of Villehardouin's chronicle offers a grant of land to Villehardouin and it was Villehardouin who recommended the Marquis to lead the crusade after Thibault's death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was exactly what I needed in my course and for my own intellectual expansion. Clear translation and easy to read.Published 12 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 13 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 14 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 22 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 23 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 on March 6, 2014 by Martin Reilly