By Peter Lock
This is the 1st complete translation of Marino Sanudo Torsello's Secreta fidelium Crucis to be made into English. The paintings itself is a section of crusading propaganda following the autumn of Acre in 1291, written among 1300 and 1321, however it contains a lot of historic relevance in addition to fascinating observations at the early historical past of Jerusalem and the Crusader state. the interpretation is predicated upon the textual content edited through Jacques Bongars in 1611. there's an advent that contextualises the ebook, its writer, his resources and his viewers. The notes offer crucial info to explain inner textual references and allusions, in addition to the position of Biblical references in Sanudo's grand layout. The index is designed to make this special textual content usable and accessible.
In this, his significant paintings, Sanudo endorsed the conquest of Egypt because the capacity to regain Jerusalem for the Latins and labored via his issues with substantial element along references to 13th-century Mediterranean historical past, specifically concerning Louis IX of France and Charles of Anjou, king of Naples. Books I and II provide enormous targeted dialogue of the idea that, plan and prices of his proposed campaign. booklet III presents an summary background of the crusades and the crusader states. it's derived from a wide-reading of alternative assets in particular of William of Tyre, and, for occasions after 1184 at the Eracles, the letters of James of Vitry, and Sanudo's personal stories within the east. all through, the paintings includes a amazing quantity of cartographical, ethnographical, geographical, and nautical info, in addition to a number of particular insights into old occasions and personalities of the past due thirteenth century, not just in Outremer yet in Western Europe.