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James of Vitry
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[Jacques de Vitry]

d.1240. France. Born perhaps in Reims, studied in Paris, regular canon in Liège, crusade preacher, bishop of Acre and finally Dean of the College of Cardinals in Rome. James is important for letters and sermons relating to the recruitment to and progress of the Albigensian Crusade (1209-29), the Fifth Crusade (1217-21), and the Crusade of Frederick II (1227-29). He also wrote a Historia Iherosolimitana in three parts: the first, Historia Occidentalis, dealt with reforms which he felt to be necessary in the West to ensure the success of the Fifth Cr…

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Edgington, Susan B., “James of Vitry”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_01452>
First published online: 2016

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