Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Dei gesta per Francos
(1,478 words)

The deeds of God through the Franks

Guibert of Nogent

Date: 1109

Original Language: Latin


Guibert calls his chronicle Dei gesta per Francos, ‘The deeds of God through the Franks’, because he presents the First Crusade as the glorious accomplishment of God’s will through His new chosen people.  He describes the army of the Franks in language that echoes Old Testament narratives of Israel’s victories over its pagan enemies.  Guibert’s principle source is the anonymous G…

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Tolan, John, “ Dei gesta per Francos”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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