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The translator added at several points in the text additional information regarding cities in Italy and background material on Constantinople. A final addition discusses the journey of the participants of the Second Crusade over the Danube towards Constantinople. Among a list of the various places that the crusaders pass, William noted that they passed through the province of Pannonia prior to arriving in Bulgaria. The translator not only includes the classical name of the province but also adds "ou messire sainz Martins fu nez". This addition does not indicate particular interest in Pannonia, or the Balkans in general. Instead it is another instance that seems to indicate that the translator was working in France, supportive of the French monarchy. The translator does not have extensive knowledge of either Italy or Greece, but these few references could have come from personal knowledge acquired while travelling on a pilgrimage to the East.

Keywords: Balkans; Crusade; French monarchy; Greece; Italy; William



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