Two parts in one volume, folio, pp. [xxviii], 370, ; [xii], 331, , 86, ; with engraved royal arms on titles, engraved head- and tail-pieces and engraved initials; a good copy in contemporary mottled calf; rebacked preserving spine label, new endpapers.
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First collected edition, comprising the third edition of Villehardouin’s chronicle, edited and translated by Du Cange, and the first edition of Du Cange’s history of the Latin empire in the Levant. The original and modern French versions of Villehardouin’s chronicle are printed on opposite pages. Following it is an extract from the Chronique rimée of Philippe Mouskes.
Villehardouin’s La conquête de Constantinople is one of the most important eye-witness accounts of the Fourth Crusade (1202–4). ‘As a member of the elite inner circle of the crusade leadership, Geoffrey was party to most of its key meetings and his memoir provides unparalleled insight into its workings. He boldly claimed the veracity of his text: “the author of this work … has never, to his knowledge, put anything in it contrary to the truth”. Some historians have been less convinced and view him as an apologist, concealing facts that could reflect badly on the crusade (such as the full details of the sack of Constantinople) and covering up any hint that there was a possible plot to divert the crusade to Byzantium. More commonly, however, he is regarded in a more positive light and as a man saturated in the values of his warrior class. As a result he may express distorted judgements and omit certain episodes, but he is generally judged to be without any sinister purpose’ (Jonathan Phillips, The Fourth Crusade and the sack of Constantinople pp. 48–9).
In the second part Du Cange relates the history of the Latin empire in the Levant from 1198 to 1380.
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