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This the introductory chapter of the book, which aims to supply the groundwork that in so many other areas of history is taken for granted, even by those who would not focus their work on social dynamics. In other words, to achieve as much clarity as possible as to which social groupings were present on the First Crusade, in what proportions, and with what structural tensions between them. The two databases used most heavily in this study are the online versions of the Patrologia Latina and the scriptores series of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica. The main body of the book consists of a discussion of the material gleaned from these sources, assembled around the significant social groupings.

Keywords:First Crusade; Monumenta Germaniae Historica; Patrologia Latina



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