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2.The anonymous of Soissons

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One of the more overlooked sources for the Fourth Crusade is Concerning the Land of Jerusalem and the Means by Which Relics Were Carried to This Church from the City of Constantinople by an author known simply as the Anonymous of Soissons. The major reason for the general dismissal of this source, however, is the fact that, compared with such eye witness accounts as the histories of Geoffrey of Villehardouin and Robert of Clari, it reveals very little about the political and military aspects of the crusade. The Anonymous of Soissons is remarkably successful at justifying the Fourth Crusade by imaginatively suggesting that the entire crusade was sanctioned by God, was undertaken by the crusaders in a Christian spirit of penance, and resulted in a partial but substantial victory for Christendom.

Keywords: Anonymous of Soissons; Constantinople; Fourth Crusade



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