From: "James Wynn"
Subject: Re: (urth) Chronicles of the Crusades Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2003 20:17:48 -0500 > "Deus Lo Volt! Chronicle of the Crusades" by Evan S. Connell. He > also wrote "Son of the Morning Star" about the battle of Little Bighorn > (a blow by blow account that manages to digress in huge arcs into a > comprehensive history of the Indian Wars without ever losing sight of > the main story. An amazing book.) Anyway, "Deus Lo Volt!" is > categorized as historical fiction but what it really is is the > shoehorning of a gazillion primary sources into a comprehensive > narrative of the Crusades from the first to the last. It's narrator is > Jean de Joinville, a knight of Saint Louis, the last real Crusader. > All of the conversations and monologues are paraphrases of recorded > encounters. It is a beautiful book, well written and engaging, and > definitely a history in the Herodotian sense, albeit a counterfeit one. You might be interested then in Penguin Classics' "Chronicles of the Crusades" which combines Joinville's "The Life of Saint Louis" and Vilain de Villehardouin's "Conquest of Constantinople" into a single volume. I picked up a nice Barnes&Noble edition in the bargain bin at B&N about 5 years ago and was thrilled, horrified, and amazed. And I'm not just talking about Barnes&Noble. ;-) -- Crush --