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Raymond Of Aguilers

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Raymond of Aguilers was chaplain to Count Raymond IV of Toulouse. This chapter presents the work Historia Francorum qui ceperunt Iherusalem, 'History of the Franks who captured Jerusalem' on Christian-Muslim relations. The Historia Francorum qui ceperunt Iherusalem, almost 100 pages of Latin text, was probably completed about 1101. Raymond of Aguilers does not mention the death of Count Raymond at Tripoli in 1105, suggesting he had completed his work before that date. Raymond of Aguilers' narrative provides an early example of theological development in crusade ideology and the justification for Holy War. He presents the Muslims as the pagan enemy of God's people - and explains why they are so - and thereby justifies crusader aggression against them. There are seven known manuscripts of the work of Raymond of Aguilers.

Keywords: Christian-Muslim relations; Historia Francorum qui ceperunt Iherusalem; Raymond of Aguilers



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