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Caffaro Of Genoa

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Caffaro, from Rustico da Caschifellone (near Genoa in the Val Polcevera), was born around 1080. This chapter presents a short description of the work Ystoria captionis Almarie et Turtuose, 'History of the capture of Almería and Tortosa' by Caffaro of Genoa on Christian-Muslim relations. This relatively short chronicle details a series of Genoese attacks on the Muslim territories of the Balearic islands, together with the cities of Almería and Tortosa on mainland Iberia. In the first of these, which captured Minorca and besieged Almería, Caffaro himself was the commander, so from a historical point of view this is a particularly useful account. This secular account demonstrates how deeply embedded in the Latin psyche crusading had become by the mid-12th century, and how important crusading was to both individual and civic prestige.

Keywords: Caffaro of Genoa; Christian-Muslim relations; Ystoria captionis Almarie et Turtuose



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