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The capture of Constantinople : the Hystoria Constantinopolitana of Gunther of Pairis

Author: Gunther, von Pairis; Alfred J Andrea
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1997.
Series: Middle Ages series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The armies of the Fourth Crusade that left Western Europe at the beginning of the thirteenth century never reached the Holy Land to fight the Infidel; they stopped instead at Byzantium and sacked that capital of eastern Christendom. Much of what we know today of those events comes from contemporary accounts by secular writers; their perspective is balanced by a document written from a monastic point of view and now
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: 11 -1220? Gunther de Pairis
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gunther, von Pairis; Alfred J Andrea
ISBN: 0812233565 9780812233568 0812215869 9780812215861
OCLC Number: 35925733
Description: xiv, 194 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Middle Ages series.
Other Titles: Hystoria Constantinopolitana.
Responsibility: edited and translated by Alfred J. Andrea.

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The Hystoria Constantinopolitana relates the adventures of Martin of Pairis, an abbot of the Cistercian Order who participated in the plunder of the city, as recorded by his monk Gunther. Alfred  Read more...

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