Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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The Western narratives of the First Crusade
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The templates for western European historical writing themed around the crusades were established by the exceptional outpouring of historiographical material in the wake of the First Crusade (1095-1101). Modern historians of the First Crusade have at their disposal a greater range and depth of narrative source material than that available for any series of events or processes of comparable duration in ancient or medieval history.


 The accounts of the campaigns of Alexander the Great are perhaps the most directly analogous corpus, but the texts that survive t…

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Bull, Marcus, “The Western narratives of the First Crusade”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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