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Robert the Monk's heritage of the 1st campaign (1095-99), which used to be most likely accomplished c. 1110, was once within the nature of a medieval "bestseller", proving via a long way the most well-liked narrative of the crusade's occasions; the variety of surviving manuscript copies some distance exceeds these of the various different bills of the crusades written within the early a long time of the 12th century, while literary retellings of the crusaders' exploits have been a lot fashionable. This quantity provides the 1st serious version to be released because the 1860s, grounded in a detailed research of the greater than eighty manuscripts of the textual content that live to tell the tale in libraries and records throughout Europe. of their specified creation the editors discover the vexed challenge of the author's identification, in addition to the date of the textual content, its manuscript transmission, and the explanations for its good fortune, for instance between monasteries belonging to the Cistercian order in southern Germany. Damien Kempf is Lecturer in Medieval historical past on the college of Liverpool; Marcus Bull is Andrew W. Mellon exclusive Professor of Medieval and Early smooth reports on the college of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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