The Conquest of the Holy Land by Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn: A critical edition and translation of the anonymous Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae per Saladinum (Crusade Texts in Translation)

October 30, 2020
The Conquest of the Holy Land by Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn: A critical edition and translation of the anonymous Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae per Saladinum (Crusade Texts in Translation)

The Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae perSaladinum (or Little Book about the Conquest of the Holy Landby Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn) is the most substantial contemporary Latin accountof the conquest of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1187. Seeminglywritten by a churchman who was in Jerusalem itself when the citywas besieged and captured, the Libellus fuses historicalnarrative and biblical exegesis in an attempt to recount andinterpret the loss of the Holy Land, an event that provoked anoutpouring of grief throughout western Christendom and sparked theThird Crusade. This book provides an English translation of theLibellus accompanied by a new, comprehensive criticaledition of the Latin text and a detailed study in theintroduction.