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The Historia Iherosolimitana of Robert the Monk

The Historia Iherosolimitana of Robert the Monk

Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 192
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    The Historia Iherosolimitana of Robert the Monk
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    Robert the Monk's history of the First Crusade (1095-99), which was probably completed c. 1110, was in the nature of a medieval "bestseller", proving by far the most popular narrative of the crusade's events; the number of surviving manuscript copies far exceeds those of the many other accounts of the crusades written in the early decades of the twelfth century, when literary retellings of the crusaders' exploits were much in vogue. This volume presents the first critical edition to be published since the 1860s, grounded in a close study of the more than 80 manuscripts of the text that survive in libraries and archives across Europe. In their detailed introduction the editors explore the vexed problem of the author's identity, as well as the date of the text, its manuscript transmission, and the reasons for its success, for example among monasteries belonging to the Cistercian order in southern Germany. Damien Kempf is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Liverpool; Marcus Bull is Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

    eISBN: 978-1-78204-078-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
    (pp. vii-vii)
    (pp. viii-viii)
    (pp. ix-lxxiv)

    The First Crusade (1095–99) was the stimulus for a remarkable burst of historical writing in the early decades of the twelfth century, beginning with the so-called ‘eyewitness’ accounts by participants and extending to numerous second-generation treatments that drew upon the eyewitness narratives, each other, and the memories of veterans of the crusade.¹ Perhaps the closest pre-modern analogue to this thematically tightly focused body of historical writing is the corpus of works that chronicled the campaigns of Alexander the Great in the 330s and 320s bc.² There is also the fundamental difference, however, that the contemporary or near-contemporary Alexander narratives...

    (pp. 1-110)

    Universos qui hanc istoriam legerint, sive legere audierint et auditam intellexerint, deprecor ut, cum in ea aliquid inurbane compositum invenerint, concedant veniam, quia hanc scribere conpulsus sum per obedientiam. Quidam etenim abbas, nomine B., litterarum scientia et morum probitate preditus, ostendit michi unam istoriam secundum hanc materiam, sed ei admodum displicebat, partim quia initium suum, quod in Clari Montis concilio constitutum fuit, non habebat, partim quia series tam pulcre materiei inculta iacebat, et litteralium¹ compositio dictio­num inculta vacillabat. Precepit igitur michi ut, qui Clari Montis concilio interfui, acephale materiei caput preponerem et lecturis eam accuratiori stilo componerem. Ego vero, quia...

    (pp. 111-116)
  8. INDEX
    (pp. 117-122)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 123-123)