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1. Ralph of Coggeshall, chronicle

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Included among the so-called minor sources for the Fourth Crusade are a number of chronicles written in the West after 1204 that mention, at least in passing, the story of Constantinople's fall. The most substantial of these second-hand accounts, both in length and in content, are the chronicles of two thirteenth-century Cistercian monks, Ralph of Coggeshall and Alberic of Trois Fontaines, which we shall consider together due to their many striking parallels, despite the fact that they were composed a generation apart from one another. Clearly the chronicle was composed by multiple hands, but there is a stylistic unity to the bulk of the work from 1187 forward, which we can safely ascribe to a single author, and there is no reason to doubt that author was Abbot Ralph.

Keywords: Abbot Ralph; Constantinople; Fourth Crusade; Ralph of Coggeshall; Trois Fontaines



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