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The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives

Robert Chazan

in God, Humanity, and History

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923959 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520221277.003.0002
The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives

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This chapter introduces the first crusade narratives, which are the Solomon bar Simson Chronicle, the Eliezer bar Nathan Chronicle, and the Mainz Anonymous. These three narratives present the events of late spring and early summer 1096 and have attracted so far the most attention. These narratives are also discussed in detail in the next few chapters. The discussion shows that these narratives are considered as relevant historical artifacts, and that early studies of these three Hebrew narratives focused on technical matters, most especially the relationships among the texts and the dating of the texts. The latest concern however, has been on the facticity of the accounts presented in these narratives.

Keywords: Hebrew; first crusade narratives; Solomon bar Simson Chronicle; Eliezer bar Nathan Chronicle; Mainz Anonymous; historical artifacts; early studies; facticity

Chapter.  3518 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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