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William of Tyre : Historian of the Latin East - Peter W. Edbury

William of Tyre

Historian of the Latin East

Paperback Published: 13th May 1991
ISBN: 9780521407281
Number Of Pages: 200

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William, archbishop of Tyre from 1175 to c.1184, was a churchman, royal servant and scholar who lived in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. Born in Jerusalem around 1130, he studied in western Europe for almost twenty years until 1165, when he returned to the East to begin his career in public life. He left to posterity a monumental history in which he described the events of the First Crusade (1095 9) and recorded the fortunes of the western rulers of the states subsequently founded in Syria and the Holy Land down to his own day. The value of his work as an example of twelfth-century historiography and as a source of information for the events described has long been recognized. In this study the authors consider William as a public figure and historian, and examine the influences which bore upon his writing and the way in which he fashioned his material. They then go on to examine what he had to say about certain topics - the monarchy in Jerusalem, the Church, the papacy, the Byzantine empire and the Crusade - and why he wrote as he did."

Industry Reviews

'... a useful and readable book, which provides a sound discussion of the background to the composition of William's chronicle and which brings out some of the more significant aspects of his outlook as a historian.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'As an introduction to William's Historia this study is admirable: cleanly presented, coherently argued, and clearly organized.' American Historical Review '... the first full analysis in English of William as a historian ... a welcome and stimulating contribution to the debate.' History

Abbreviations and forms of reference
William of Tyre and the Writing of the Historia
William's career
William's historical writings
Classical and Christian influences in the Historia
William and his sources
William of Tyre and the Meaning of the Historia
The monarchy
Regnum and ecclesia
The papacy
The Byzantine empire
The war against the infidel
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ISBN: 9780521407281
ISBN-10: 0521407281
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 13th May 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 13.72  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.23