By Jean de Joinville, Geffroy de Villehardouin
Composed by way of squaddies who fought within the Holy Wars, those well-known French chronicles are one of the most vital portrayals of either the darkish and light-weight facet of the 2 hundred 12 months fight for ownership of Jerusalem. the 1st reliable and entirely knowledgeable historical past of the Crusades, Villehardouin's Conquest of Constantinople describes the period of the Fourth campaign the interval among 1199 and 1207, in which a deliberate conflict with Moslem forces satirically culminated in warfare opposed to japanese Christians that ended in the sacking of Constantinople. The lifetime of Saint Louis, via Joinville, was once encouraged via the author's shut attachment to the pious King Louis, and makes a speciality of the years among 1226 and 1270. It offers a robust, own perception into the brutal battles and the interesting travels of 1 nobleman, combating within the 6th and 7th Crusades.