Chronicle of the First Crusade: (Fulcheri Carnotensis Historia Hierosolymitana)

Chronicle of the First Crusade: (Fulcheri Carnotensis Historia Hierosolymitana)

Chronicle of the First Crusade: (Fulcheri Carnotensis Historia Hierosolymitana)

Chronicle of the First Crusade: (Fulcheri Carnotensis Historia Hierosolymitana)

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For the curious and imaginative student of history, the perusal of sources provides endless satisfaction for his pioneering and creative instincts. The student of modern American history thrills with delight over the statistical tables of the Bureau of the Census, because he finds therein wondrous revelations which are not apparent to the uninitiated. That the literary sources for the Crusades open an even more fascinating field for the student of medieval history is evidenced by the fact that the subject and the secondary matter as well as the sources have inspired many persons untrained in historical accuracy to write quantities of literature on the Crusades.1 However many interpretations have accumulated through the years, the student may brush them all aside and approach the source with a feeling of freshness and enthusiasm because of two possible results. First, with the proper equipment of factual information and by reading between the lines, noting omissions, scrutinizing details, and weighing the whole, he may contribute something of value to his field; or next, he may simply reconstruct a picture of the times to the satisfaction of his own tastes. The proper mental equipment consists of his knowledge of the background of the source.2 This introduction attempts to provide the reader with the minimum information essential to an understanding and an enjoyment of the source translated in the following text.

In their desire to send news of universal interest back home and to preserve records of their exploits, the Crusaders provided an admirable supply of source material for us in their letters and chronicles. For the first time since the fall of . . .

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