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Gesta Francorum

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The general belief has been that the author was a knight of Norman descent from southern Italy, who participated in the First Crusade as a follower of Bohemond of Taranto, when Bohemond's retention of the city of Antioch meant that he did not take part in the conquest of Jerusalem. This chapter presents a short description of the book Gesta Francorum et aliorum Hierosolimitanorum, 'The deeds of the Franks and of others going to Jerusalem' on Christian-Muslim Relations. The Gesta Francorumet aliorum Hierosolimitanorum is a Latin prose history of the First Crusade between its preaching in France by Pope Urban II and the key events of the summer of 1099, that is, the crusaders' capture of Jerusalem from Egyptian forces on 15 July and their defeat of a large Egyptian relief force at Ascalon on 12 August, at which point the text concludes.

Keywords: Christian-Muslim Relations; Gesta Francorum



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