Two famous, firsthand accounts of the holy war in the Middle Ages translated by Margaret R. B. Shaw Originally composed in Old French, the two chronicles. Composed by soldiers who fought in the Holy Wars, these two famous French chronicles are among the most important portrayals of both the dark and light side. Jean de Joinville (c. May 1, – 24 December ) was one of the great chroniclers of medieval France. He is most famous for writing the Life of Saint Louis, a biography of Louis IX of France that chronicled the Seventh Crusade. . In Authority and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles. Juliana Dresvina and.

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Jamie – now that’s fascinating. Aug 30, Pages. The attack on Egypt had been merely a stepping-stone. He did his best to compensate for his failure, both by painstakingly negotiating to free all of the remaining cruswdes and to help the crusader states.

Geoffroy de Villehardouin gives the account o The crusades were religious, political, military and civilisational event that has changed the relations between the West Europe and the East for ever.

Maybe this should be the subject of a chroniclfs post: For Joinville, Louis IX embodies the ideal prud’homme – pious, courageous, kind, intelligent and wise, a man who defends the Christian faith by his courage.

During most crusadez the 16th and 17th centuries, fear of heretics spreading teachings and opinions that contradicted the Chroicles dominated the Catholic Church. The consequences of the crusades are still felt today. In reading these, you can see both how crusaders justified the crusades and how flawed such justifica The title is slightly misleading since only two crusades are chronicled here, but the fascinating part here is that we are reading a biased account in each case.


He joinvil,e like a very interesting person. See all books by Jean de JoinvilleGeoffroy de Villehardouin. The lack of planning and coordination is repeatedly, appallingly evident in both memoirs; and is deplored by both authors. Two famous, firsthand accounts of the holy war in the Middle Ages translated by Margaret R. Before you can login, you need to create an account.

This is an old translation, written about the beginning of the twentieth century, and the language is stilted and archaic, as joinvulle the fashion for translations of medieval works back then.

Chronicles of the Crusades

Sep 16, Jared rated it really liked it. The freshness and precision of his memories are impressive, especially since he wrote his work some decades after the fact. I just couldn’t get into this.

When Constaninople falls, the French divvy up the various territories, and most of the new ru Going on a crusade never seemed like a very good idea to me, and reading these firsthand accounts of the 4th and 7th crusades reinforced my opinion. I agree with every word. Open Preview See a Problem? The knight retorted that the abbot had been guilty of even greater folly in calling people together for such a conference, because there were many good Christians there who, before the discussion ended, would have gone away with doubts about their own religion through not fully understanding the Jews.


He was neither a cleric skilled in composing books, nor a chronicler informed by researching written or oral information. This book consists crysades accounts of two crusades [the 4th and 7th].

Chroniclrs is evident from his actions that Louis was well acquainted with the failings and miscalculations that led to the demise of the fifth crusade.


I enjoyed reading it and would rate it a 4. But that confusion on the translator’s part does not affect her translation.

Chronicles of the Crusades by Jean de Joinville

He goes after the corruption that comes from selling political office to the highest bidder, and he stands up to the Church on the question of their often politically motivated excommunications. Siege of Zara 6.

Joinville does not shy away from expressing his personal opinion on the events cusades hand. Louis did everything he could to keep from repeating the mistakes of the past.

Looking for More Great Reads? Joinville, I’d also argue, was not a very good crusader, so reading the history from his perspective while he’s trying to justify himself could be an exercise in comedy.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. In addition, the oldest existing manuscript ends with this note: As soon as the Jew had come, the knight asked him a question.