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Ralph Of Caen

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Ralph of Caen probably came from a prominent Norman family. He was likely educated at the cathedral school at Caen under the tutelage of Arnulf of Chocques, who was later to become patriarch of Jerusalem. This chapter presents a short description of the book Gesta Tandcredi in expeditione Hierosolymitana, 'The deeds of Tancred on the expedition to Jerusalem'on Christian-Muslim Relations. Ralph of Caen began his work after the death of Tancred in 1112, writing in both verse and prose. Ralph of Caen's narrative provides a valuable insight into how Muslims were viewed more than a decade after Latin Europe's first encounter with them. His work is one of the few not influenced by the near ubiquitous Gesta Francorum and also one of the few texts on the First Crusade produced in the Latin East.

Keywords: Christian-Muslim relations; Gesta Francorum; Ralph of Caen

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