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The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades: Extracted and Translated from the Chronicle of Ibn Al-Qalanisi

Gibb, H. A. R.

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ISBN 10: 0486425193 / ISBN 13: 9780486425191
Published by Dover Publications, 2011
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New paperback book copy of The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades: Extracted and Translated from the Chronicle of Ibn Al-Qalanisi by Hamilton Alexander Roskeen Gibb (1895-1971). Dover (2002) unabridged republication of the edition published by Luzac and Company, Ltd., London, 1932. 382 pages. 5-3/8 x 8-1/2 inches, 22 cm. Current list price 19.95. Shipping weight 2 pounds: Additional shipping fee may be requested on international order. Publisher description: Remarkable contemporary account of early Crusades by one of Damascus' leading citizens covers events of 1097?1159. Based on both written and oral reports, colorful narrative relates every particular of life during wartime: battles, blockades, and diplomatic negotiations, plus vivid portraits of the personalities on both sides. Bookseller Inventory # 013398

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Title: The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades: ...

Publisher: Dover Publications

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

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A Saracen stronghold throughout the long history of the Crusades, Damascus served as the capital city for Nur al-Deen, Saladin, and other medieval Muslim leaders. From this prime vantage point comes a remarkable contemporary account of the early Crusades, written by one of the city's leading citizens. Ibn Al-Qalānisī, a distinguished scholar of literature, theology, and law, was twice elected mayor of Damascus. His Chronicle begins in 1097, in the early years of the First Crusade, and concludes in 1159, the year before his death at the age of 90.
An informative introduction sets the scene just prior to invasion by the Crusaders. The colorful narrative relates the particulars of life during wartime; in addition to his accounts of battles, blockades, and diplomatic negotiations, Ibn Al-Qalānisī paints vivid and decidedly biased portraits of the personalities on both sides of this holy war, from gallant commanders and intrepid troops of his native land to their opposition, the "infidels" and :accursed ones."
The author based his work on both written documentation and oral reports, the latter sometimes transcribed from the lips of actual participants. Intended primarily as a textbook for students, this translation by H. A. R. Gibb renders the Arabic text as literally as possible, with minimal annotation, and constitutes an indispensable resource for anyone who needs a firsthand account of the early Crusades.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Arabic

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