Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Historia occidentalis
(565 words)

‘History of the West’

Jacques de Vitry

Date: About 1226

Original Language: Latin


The second part of Jacques’ Historia Hierosolymitana, the Historia occidentalis, is a portrait of the Latin Church, a rather dark portrait indeed, particularly at the beginning. Jacques describes a society plunged in the mire of sin: the powerful fleece the poor, the avaricious practice usury, the princes let taverns and brothels flouri…

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Tolan, John, “ Historia occidentalis”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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