A Middle English Chronicle of the First Crusade: v. 1 - The Caxton Eracles (Text & Studies in Religion.S. v. 88a)
By: Dana Cushing (author)Hardback
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The "Eracles" text, a condensed Crusader chronicle driving from William of Tyre's "A History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea", concerns the march to and campaigning in the Holy Land, focusing on the suffering and heroism of the First Crusaders as they sought to gain glory for God and establish a Christian state in a distant and misunderstood environment. In 1481, William Caxton produced a Middle English translation of this text, which he named "A Boke Intituled Eracles", or "Godeffroy of Boloyne". This two-volume set is the first treatment of Caxton's work in over a century. It is the first ever modern translation of the work, providing an easily accessible translation combined with contextual and critical information. It examines two aspects of the "Eracles" chronicles. First, the book illuminates the history of the text by referring to the Latin and French ancestors of Caxton's "Eracles", as well as investigating Caxton's methods, abilities and motivations. Previous treatments of the chronicle are examined, correcting discrepancies and providing alternative interpretations.
Second, the book investigates the history in the text by using the latest research to further contextualize and clarify the military events described.
Contents of the Chronicle Acknowledgements Preface i Introduction iii Essay xi Six Degrees of Separation: A Proposed Method of Plotting and Analyzing the Evidence for Interpersonal Factors Affecting Recorded Events in Crusader History Illustrations xx 1. Proposed Diagram for a Siege-Castle 2. Edward IV's Descent from the Counts of Boulogne 3. Godefrey's Descent from Charlemagne (Patrilineal) 4. Godefrey's Descent from Charlemagne (Matrilineal) Transcription of the Caxton Eracles 2 ff. Translation of the Caxton Eracles 3 ff. Abbreviations for the Notes 779 Notes 781 Bibliography Index
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