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The Murder of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders.

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"And it should be known that I, Galbert, a notary, though I had no suitable place for writing, set down on tablets a summary of events... and in the midst of so much danger by night and conflict by day. I had to wait for moments of peace during the night or day to set in order the present account of events as they happened, and in this way, though in great straits, I trans ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published January 1st 1967 by Harper Torchbooks (first published 1128)
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Hot Diggity Dan
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extremely compelling and well ordered chronicle. The translation is a little rote at times, leaning more toward the literal than I would prefer. The Latin probably has much more imbued meaning that the editor effectively mutes with rote phrasology like "in order that" for "ut". Any intermediate Latinist will share that gripe.

As for the history, it is a remarkably complex feud between rival Flemish factions in the 12th century and makes for an excellent resource in the study of regional vs. l
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Eric
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This eyewitness account was like reading an early 12th century Nicholas Cage movie. Battles, treachery, witches burnt, siege, and the eponymous martyr of the ruling count. Perhaps the liveliest, and most engaging history I've ever read.
So good!
Emily Murphy
Had to read this 3 times to understand. Used it for a paper in college.
Jen
Oct 21, 2010 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Towards the very beginning of this book, Galbert apologizes (falsely, I believe, as humility tropes are very popular) for the dryness of his writing--he's just trying to write things as he knows them, and facts are sometimes uninteresting.

Yes. Yes they are. And until I actually have to teach this (so far, I've escaped doing so), I will be content with reading the half that I have finished and just being interested by the summary of the rest of it. Because dry doesn't even begin to cover what cou
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Morena
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, medieval
Everyone writing fiction or nonfiction about middle ages should read Galbert.
"I [Galbert] say these things in keeping with the feeling of the crowd and the rage of those who would have hanged the captive Walter right away or torn him to pieces by some new and unheard-of means of death, if the count had allowed them to do so."
Chrism485
It's thorough but I found that much detail exhausting. Very informative in terms of learning about how people lived in Bruges in the 12th century.
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