William of Tyre

(c. 1130—1186)

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(c.1130–probably 1186),

historian. Born in Palestine, probably of European parents, in 1167 he was appointed Archdeacon of Tyre by Amaury, King of Jerusalem, with an enhanced stipend on condition that he wrote the official history of the reign. In 1175 he was consecrated Abp. of Tyre. His Historia Rerum in Partibus Transmarinis Gestarum covers the period from 1095 (Preaching of the First Crusade) to 1184. It is the primary authority from 1127. Although his sympathies lay with Raymond of Tripoli and the native crusaders, his work is marked by insight, tolerance, and a careful sifting of evidence from a wide range of sources.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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