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Fulcher Of Chartres

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Fulcher of Chartres was born in 1058 or 1059, probably in or near Chartres in northern France. This chapter presents a short description of the book Historia Hierosolymitana, 'The Jerusalem history'; Gesta Francorum Iherusalem peregrinantium, 'The deeds of the Franks on pilgrimage to Jerusalem' on Christian-Muslim relations. The Historia Hierosolymitana is an important historical text in two chief respects. The substantive emphasis of Fulcher's writing is on military and political affairs, but he also demonstrates some appreciation of the socio-cultural complexities of the new Latin polities and their relations with both the Muslims and indigenous Christians of the area. Fulcher does not conspicuously stand out from the general run of early writings on the First Crusade in terms of his attitudes towards Muslims and Islam.

Keywords: Christian-Muslim relations; Fulcher of Chartres; Historia Hierosolymitana



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