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3. The deeds of the bishops of Halberstadt

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Germans played an important, albeit subsidiary, role in a crusade that was largely a northern French and Venetian undertaking and whose army was under the command of Boniface of Montferrat, a marquis from Italy's Piedmont. Although Germans could not have formed more than ten percent of the crusade host, they produced three of the crusade's more valuable second-rank sources: the already-noted Hystoria Constantinopolitana and Devastatio Constantinopolitana, as well as the Anonymous of Halberstadt's account. This last-mentioned work comprises a major portion of the final pages of the Gesta episcoporum Halberstadensium (GeH), or The Deeds of the Bishops of Halberstadt. The major purpose of the anonymous chronicler's labors was to create an apologia for Bishop Conrad of Krosigk, who ended a troubled seven-year pontificate by seeking sanctuary in the Cistercian monastery of Sittichenbach, despite the refusal of two papal legates to grant him license to do so.

Keywords: Bishop Conrad of Krosigk; Bishops of Halberstadt; Constantinople; German; Gesta episcoporum Halberstadensium (GeH)



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