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The Third Crusade: An Eyewitness Account

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The Third Crusade: An Eyewitness Account

SG$36.00

Title: The Third Crusade: An Eye-witness Account of the Campaigns of Richard Coeur de Lion in Cyprus and the Holy Land.
Author: Kenneth Fenwick (ed & intro), Raymond Hawthorn (illus)
Publisher: The Folio Society, 1960
ISBN: –
Condition: Tall hardcover

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Title: The Third Crusade: An Eye-witness Account of the Campaigns of Richard Coeur de Lion in Cyprus and the Holy Land.
Author: Unknown monk, Kenneth Fenwick (ed & intro), Raymond Hawthorn (illus)
Publisher: The Folio Society, 1960
ISBN: –
Condition: Hardcover, cream paper boards. Shows its age externally, some rubbing on boards, but interior is clean and perfect. Very good overall.

Written in the 12th century by a French monk, this book has been translated by several hands, but Fenwick’s translation is considered one of the best available.

The Third Crusade (1189–1192), also known as the Kings’ Crusade, was an attempt by European leaders to reconquer the Holy Land from Saladin (Salāh ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb). It was largely successful, yet fell short of its ultimate goal—the reconquest of Jerusalem.

More at wikipedia.

Excerpt:

In the year of the Incarnate Word of our Lord 1187… the Lord’s hand fell heavily on His people, if indeed it is right to call those ‘His people’ whom uncleanness of life and habits, and the foulness of their vices, had alimented from his favor. Their licentiousness had indeed become so flagrant that they all of them (casting aside the veil of shame) rushed headlong in the face of day into sin.

A cloud of dust obscured the air as our men marched on and, in addition to the heat, they had an enemy pressing them in the rear, insolent, and rendered obstinate by the instigation of the Devil. Still, the Christians proved good men and, secure in their unconquerable spirit, kept constantly advancing, while the Turks threatened them without ceasing in the rear; but their blows fell harmless upon the defensive armor, and this caused the Turks to slacken in courage at the failure of their attempts, and they began to murmur in whispers of disappointment, crying out in their rage that our people were of iron and would yield to no blow.

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