By Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard
The six volumes of A background of the Crusades will stand because the definitive historical past of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of knowledge and research of the heritage, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval international.
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In the end, after some futile negotiations between Yelbogha's emissaries and the king on board one of his galleys, the Christian fleet sailed back home laden with booty and without releasing the 18. Ed. Me historique, no. I; Geneva, 1817). 19. " Excerpts ed. E. Combe, in Farouk University, Faculty of Arts, Bulletin (Maja/lat Kulliyat al-4d/Jb), lll (Alexandria, 1946), 99- 110, 119-129. , in the Da'iratu '1-Mo'arif·ll· 'OsmonIa (new series, Hydcrabad, 1968- 1973). 18 A HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES Ill Moslem captives.
Dubois's treatise is one of the most remarkable documents of its kind produced during this period. Written by a man of law, it deals systematically with all the contemporary problems arising from the projects of crusade and offers all the solutions in line with the royal policy. Dissensions in Europe should be completely eradicated, and the unwilling states brought to reason by force. Discords must be submitted for fmal settlement by a European tribunal of arbitration composed of three ecclesiastical dignitaries and three laymen known to be inaccessible to corruption.
The bewildered Egyptians watched the assault and then hastened toward the land gates to save their lives. These are the main data on which William of Machaut 18 and an-Nuwaiii al-Iskandaii, 19 the two historians and eye-witnesses of the crusade from the opposing camps, are in full agreement. For the rest of the story, we have to rely on the Egyptian annalist-that is, from the occupation of the city on October 10 to its evacuation on October 16. The havoc that followed the appearance of the Christian knights within the walls was indescribable.
A History of the Crusades, Vol. III: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries by Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard