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1.The devastatio constantinopolitana

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The Devastatio Constantinopolitana is a brief, largely eyewitness account of the Fourth Crusade, spanning the period from Cardinal Peter Capuano's preaching the Cross in France in 1198, which the DC misdates as 1202, to the division of the spoils of Constantinople in the spring of 1204. The DC is a short work-five pages in manuscript-but among the wealth of factual data contained therein are atleast eight major compacts and several lesser accords, and each of the major contracts is entered into at a significant developmental moment in the story. Additionally, the DC surrounds, illuminates, and enriches its account of these various accords with a good deal of numerical detail.

Keywords: Constantinople; Devastatio Constantinopolitana; Fourth Crusade

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