Fulcher of Chartres (essay date c. 1095-97)
SOURCE: “Prologue to A History of the Expedition to Jerusalem, 1095–1127” in A History of the Expedition to Jerusalem, translated by Frances Rita Ryan, edited by Harold S. Fink, University of Tennessee Press, 1969, pp. 56–59.
[In the following prologue, Fulcher outlines the story that will be told in his A History of the Expedition to Jerusalem and describes the Crusade as a “pilgrimage in arms.”]
HERE BEGINNETH MASTER FULCHER'S PROLOGUE TO THE WORK WHICH FOLLOWS
It is a joy to the living and even profitable to the dead when the deeds of brave men, especially those fighting for God, are read from written records or,...
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