ABSTRACT

First published in 2006. This important book presents three of the most interesting contemporary accounts of the Crusades. The first, by Richard of Devizes, tells us of events taking place in the Holy Land and their connection to contemporaneous events in England. The second account is work by Geoffrey de Vinsauf on the Third Crusade. It is an eye-witness account of the ferocious assaults which Saladin made on the Christians and of the firmness with which Richard the Lionheart repulsed them. The third work is a memoir of Saint Louis, the Crusading King of France, written by Lord John de Joinville. All of the texts are valuable for their content as well as contrasting points of view they bring to light.