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By G. A. Loud

this can be the 1st English translation of the most modern money owed of the campaign and loss of life of the German Frederick I Barbarossa (ruled 1152-90). crucial of those, the 'History of the excursion of the Emperor Frederick' used to be written quickly after the occasions defined, and is a vital, and under-used resource for the 3rd campaign (at least within the Anglophone world). The account starts with letters describing the catastrophe of Hattin and Saladin's next conquest of lots of the Holy Land (the moment of those is addressed to the duke of Austria). It is going directly to describe how the emperor took the go, the arrangements and recruitment for the campaign, the diplomatic contacts of Barbarossa with the Byzantine Emperor and the Sultan of Iconium in an try to safe a relaxed passage for the excursion, and the campaign itself: the adventure throughout the Balkans and the gruelling march via Asia Minor, beset by means of Turkish assault, until eventually its arrival at Antioch on twenty first July 1190, 11 days after the emperor had drowned whereas crossing a river in Cilician Armenia. The 'History' supplies a shiny account of the sufferings of the German military because it traversed Asia Minor. The account of the excursion itself seems to be, or to be dependent upon an eyewitness checklist, solid within the kind of (often) an everyday memoir. despite the fact that, it concludes with an account of the captivity and free up of Richard I in Germany, Henry VI's conquest of the dominion of Sicily, and of the arrangements for a brand new campaign below his management. additionally, a few extra bills with regards to, and increasing, the 'History of the excursion' have additionally been translated, together with a modern e-newsletter in regards to the demise of the emperor, in addition to the narrative of Otto of St Blasien, putting the campaign into context 20 years later, and a latest account of the seize of Silves in Portugal by way of German crusaders on their method to the Holy Land in 1189. This assortment is a helpful better half quantity to the 3 different volumes with regards to the 3rd campaign during this sequence: The Conquest of Jerusalem and the 3rd campaign, trans. Edbury, the Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi, trans. Nicholson, and The infrequent and perfect heritage of Saladin, trans. Richards.

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