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Memoirs or Chronicle of the Fourth Crusade and the Conquest of Constantinople

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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Echo Library (first published 1212)
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Ce livre a été écrit en ancien français par Geoffroi de Villehardouin, un chevalier franc, entre 1207 et 1214. Il les évènements et péripéties de la quatrième croisade(1198-1207) à laquelle il a lui-même pris part. Tout commence par le prêche de Foulques près de Neuilly: la papauté s'en mêle, promet l'absolution de tous les péchés pour qui se croiserait, et la foule des nobles qui n'avaient pas la conscience tranquille, un tempérament féroce, et une foi bien grossière, se ruèrent sur cet appât p
More like 3.5. Eyewitness account of the 4th Crusade by French nobleman Geoffrey de Villehardouin, Marshal of Champagne and Roumania [Byzantine Empire--probably more exactly Constantinople]. He was one of the major players in those events. His account begins in the late 1100s with the call to Crusade, taking us through the Sack of Constantinople, and through later ineptly fought battles and skirmishes involving other cities in that area, ending in 1207. His opponents were Greeks and the Wallachi ...more
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Sep 09, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
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This book is a an account by one of the leaders of the Fourth Crusade which set out for the Holy Land in 1202 but never arrived. Instead, in 1204 the Crusaders attacked Constantinople the seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In addition to deposing the Byzantine Emperor, they looted and pillaged the city causing great loss of life. In other words rather than making war upon the Muslim power attacking the Holy Land, they destroyed the major Christian power in the region. The Fourth Crusade thus s ...more
Едно истинско бижу за любителите на исторически четива - още повече, че това е автентична хроника от участник в Четвъртия кръстоносен поход. Походът, решил може би още тогава - в 1204 година, кой да доминира на Европейския континент - Западът или Изтокът. Резултатът от завладяването на Константинопол е с последствия и до ден днешен.
Книгата има три издания на български, но за съжаление нито едно от тях не е качено още.
Близо до Кърджали се извисяват останките на средновековна крепост - по всяка в
Jan 25, 2017 Barbara rated it liked it
History told in the voice of the people who lived it is always interesting. The human aspect of the story comes through even with the chronicler's clearly slanted view.
Chris Fellows
Everything else I have ever read about the Fourth Crusade - even from die-hard Catholic historians of the Hilaire Belloc sort - has tended to take the 'colossal blight on Christendom' perspective. So, it was very interesting to get the story from the point of view of a participant who thought it was a noble and glorious enterprise and puts a positive spin on the Crusaders' actions. It is not a long book and I think it is worth reading the first two-thirds just for this novel perspective. (The la ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once you get into the rhythm of the language, you forget that this is actually real history being told by a man that actually lived through it and engage in what is a remarkable story. Fascinating, it kept me going to look up the details of exactly when and where everything happened.

My only criticism is that the Kindle edition has quite a few errors in transcription and it jars a bit given the language is already slightly difficult. Nothing that meant I couldn't understand, just irritating littl
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ovviamente si intende "da parte dei latini". Come una crociata si sia trasformata in guerra di conquista (durata ben poco), nella lettura di un testimone oculare
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“petraries and mangonels. Then, at vesper time,” 0 likes
“lost more than the Greeks, and much were the Greeks rejoiced thereat. And some there were who drew back from the assault, with the ships in which they were. And some remained with their ships at anchor so near to the city that from either side they shot at one another with petraries and mangonels. Then, at vesper time, those of the host and the Doge of Venice called together a parliament, and assembled in a church on the other side of the straits-on the side where they had been quartered. There were many opinions given and discussed; and much were those of the host moved for the mischief that had that day befallen them. And many advised that they should attack the city on another side the side where it was not so well fortified. But the Venetians, who had fuller knowledge of the sea, said that if they went to that other side, the current would carry them down the straits, and that they would be unable to stop their ships. And you must know that there were those who would have been well pleased if the current had home them down the straits, or the wind, they cared not whither, so long -as they left that land behind, and went on their way. Nor is this to be wondered at, for they were in sore peril. Enough was there spoken, this way and in that; but the conclusion of their deliberation was this: that they would repair and refit on the following day, which was Saturday, and during the whole of Sunday, and that on the Monday they would return to the assault; and they devised further that the ships that carried the scaling ladders should be 61 bound together, two and two, so that two ships should be in case to attack one tower; for they had perceived that day how only one ship had attacked each tower, and that this had been too heavy a task for the ship, seeing that those in the tower were more in number than those on the ladder. For this reason was it well seen that two ships would attack each tower with greater effect than one. As had been settled, so was it done, and they waited thus during the Saturday and Sunday. THE CRUSADERS TAKE A PART OF THE CITY Before the assault the Emperor Mourzuphles had come to encamp, with all his power, in an open space, and had there pitched his scarlet tents. Thus matters remained till the Monday morning, when those on the ships, transports, and galleys were all armed. And those of the city stood in much less fear of them than they did at the beginning, and were in such good spirits that on the walls and towers you could see nothing but people. Then began an assault proud and marvellous, and every ship went straight before it to the attack. The noise of the battle was so great that it seemed to read the earth. Thus did the assault last for a long while, till our Lord raised a wind called Boreas which drove the ships and vessels further up on to the shore. And two ships that were bound together, of which the one was called the Pilgrim and the other the Paradise,” 0 likes
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