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The Early Historians

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Four histories of the First Crusade were written in the decade following the conquest of Jerusalem by the crusaders, an undertaking that to Christian contemporaries seemed to be the most miraculous deed since the Crucifixion and one that was more glorious than any event of ancient times. Modern narrative historians have worked hard to glean small amounts of additional information from these histories. From the point of view of attempting to understand the social dynamics of the First Crusade, an additional commentary is extremely important, and the fact that each of the authors discussed in this chapter proves to have a distinct social and theological perspective makes each of them uniquely valuable. The chapter talks about the works of the following early historians: Baldric's Historia Hierosolymitana, Robert's Historia Iherosolimitana, Guibert's Gesta Dei per Francos, and Albert's Historia Iherosolimitana.

Keywords:Albert of Aachen; Baldric of Dol; early historians; Gesta Dei per Francos; Guibert of Nogent; Historia Hierosolymitana; Historia Iherosolimitana; Robert the Monk



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