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Blurb: “TRANSLATED BY MARGARET R. B. SHAW
This volume contains two famous Old French chronicles. Villehardouin's Conquest of Constantinople presents an authoritative and reasonably objective history of the Fourth Crusade, which ironically turned into an assault on the Christians of the Orthodox Church. Joinville's Life of Saint Louis, on the other hand, which was inspired by the memory of a beloved king, is an intimate and vivid record of the author's experiences during a later
Crusade and of the curious customs of the East.
The cover illustration is a detail from a fourteenth-century manuscript of the Conquest of Constantinople in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris”