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2. Count Hugh of Saint Pol's report to the west

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Hugh IV, count of Saint Pol in Picardy, was a veteran of the Third Crusade, on which he distinguished himself at the siege of Acre, and he was also a direct vassal of the king of France. Among the Frankish leaders of the Fourth Crusade who traveled eastward with the Venetians, he ranked fourth, preceded only by Marquis Boniface of Montferrat, Count Baldwin IX of Flanders Count Louis of Blois. The letter contains an introduction that puts a very human face on the crusade and its problems, namely the putative immaturity and inexperience of the other French counts, the severe deprivations that the army suffered before the walls of Constantinople to the point that Count Hugh had to bargain away his surcoat for bread, and the crushing debts that awaited him at home because of his involvement in the crusade.

Keywords: Constantinople; Hugh IV; Saint Pol; Third Crusade



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