Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Exuviae Sacrae Constantinopolitanae

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Exuviae Sacrae Constantinopolitanae

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Exuviae sacrae Constantinopolitanae. Edited by Comte Paul Riant. [Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques: Histoire.] (Paris: Éditions du CTHS. 2004. Pp. 44, 12, xiii-ccxxiv, 196. euro78.00 paperback.)

This is a facsimile of Paul Riant's two-volume Exuviae sacrae Constantinopolitanae, which first appeared in 1878-1879, with a new preface by Jannie Durand. Riant aimed to coffect all available sources of information regarding the transfer of religious treasures from Constantinople to Western Europe in the thirteenth century. The facsimile was published by the Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques in 2004 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sack of Constantinople.

Riant wished to establish a history of the crusades that would transcend the nationalist particularities and dependence on limited narrative sources that he thought characterized previous studies. Since, as he explained in his preface, serious history is based on detailed examination of evidence, he undertook to gather together all manner of information about the transfer of religious objects during and after the Fourth Crusade. The bulk of both volumes is therefore comprised of excerpts of Latin texts. …

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