The conquest of the Holy Land by Salah al-Din: A critical edition and translation of the anonymous Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae per Saladinum

Keagan Brewer, James H. Kane

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Abstract

The Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae per Saladinum (or Little Book about the Conquest of the Holy Land by Salah al-Din) is the most substantial contemporary Latin account of the conquest of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1187. Seemingly written by a churchman who was in Jerusalem itself when the city was besieged and captured, the Libellus fuses historical narrative and biblical exegesis in an attempt to recount and interpret the loss of the Holy Land, an event that provoked an outpouring of grief throughout western Christendom and sparked the Third Crusade. This book provides an English translation of the Libellus accompanied by a new, comprehensive critical edition of the Latin text and a detailed study in the introduction.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages278
ISBN (Electronic)9781315142760
ISBN (Print)9781138308053
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCrusade Texts in Translation
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • Kingdom of Jerusalem
  • Third Crusade

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