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Guibert Of Nogent

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Born into a family of minor Picard nobility, Guibert became a monk at the monastery of St Germer en Fly, and subsequently was elected abbot of Nogent sous Coucy, where he remained until his death. This chapter presents the work Dei gesta per Francos, 'The deeds of God through the Franks' on Christian-Muslim relations. Guibert calls his chronicle Dei gesta per Francos, 'The deeds of God through the Franks', because he presents the First Crusade as the glorious accomplishment of God's will through His new chosen people. Guibert demonizes the Muslim enemies of the 'Franks' in order the better to justify and glorify the conquest of Jerusalem. Guibert adeptly uses a polemical depiction of 'Orientals' as prone to heresy in order to justify the crusade.

Keywords: Dei gesta per Francos; First Crusade; Guibert of Nogent



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