Chronicles of the Crusades

Jean de Joinville - Author

Geffroy de Villehardouin - Author

Caroline Smith - Translator

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ISBN 9780140449983 | 384 pages | 31 Mar 2009 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Two famous, firsthand accounts of the holy war in the Middle Ages

Originally composed in Old French, the two chronicles brought together here offer some of the most vivid and reliable accounts of the Crusades from a Western perspective. Villehardouin's Conquest of Constantinople, distinguished by its simplicity and lucidity, recounts the controversial Fourth Crusade, which descended into an all-out attack on the E astern Christians of Byzantium. In Life of Saint Louis, Joinville draws on his close attachment to King Louis IX of France to recall his campaigning in the Holy Land. Together these narratives comprise a fascinating window on events that, for all their remoteness, offer startling similarities to our own age.