The Voyages of de Villehardouin - Cruising French Waterways

The Voyages of de Villehardouin - Cruising French Waterways

Author: Valerie Helps

Publisher: Vanguard Press

Published: 2018-09-27

Total Pages: 286

ISBN-13: 9781784654542

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Not many in late middle age realise their dream of living on a canal boat and exploring the waterways of France. Even fewer anticipate the problems that might confront them on their adventure into 'the unknown'. Valerie and Geoffrey buy their boat which they christen "de Villehardouin" and set off on the Canal du Midi, drawing and writing about their journey as they meander along the two hundred year old canal. They revel in the slow pace as they enter a world of welcoming ports, canalside markets, ancient sites and chateaux, delicate wildflowers and, in the Camargue, medieval jousting and pink flamingos. The various regional cuisines introduce them to gastronomic delights and memorable wines. Tackling the mighty Rhône River with its awesome deep locks in their small boat presents a challenge. Valerie and Geoffrey accept this with their usual humour. Once the Rhône is conquered, they find time to enjoy the ever-changing scenery of the canals as the dream unfolds.


Memoirs Or Chronicle of the Fourth Crusade and the Conquest of Constantinople

Memoirs Or Chronicle of the Fourth Crusade and the Conquest of Constantinople

Author: Geoffrey De Villehardouin

Publisher: Book Jungle

Published: 2008-12

Total Pages: 216

ISBN-13: 9781438507231

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Geoffroi de Villehardouin (1160 - c. 1212) was a knight and historian who chronicled the Fourth Crusade. He was considered to be one of the most important historians of his time. His is the earliest prose writing to have survived in France. Villehardouin was the ambassador to Venice assigned to procuring ships for the voyage to the crusades. In 1207 he began to write his chronicle of the Crusade, On the Conquest of Constantinople. This work was memorable in part because it was written originally in French as opposed to in Latin.


Chronicles of the Crusades

Chronicles of the Crusades

Author: Geffroy Villehardouin

Publisher: Penguin UK

Published: 1974-01-31

Total Pages: 368

ISBN-13: 0141904860

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Composed by soldiers who fought in the Holy Wars, these two famous French chronicles are among the most important portrayals of both the dark and light side of the two hundred year struggle for possession of Jerusalem. The first trustworthy and fully informed history of the Crusades, Villehardouin's Conquest of Constantinople describes the era of the Fourth Crusade - the period between 1199 and 1207, during which a planned battle with Moslem forces ironically culminated in war against Eastern Christians that led to the sacking of Constantinople. The Life of Saint Louis, by Joinville, was inspired by the author's close attachment to the pious King Louis, and focuses on the years between 1226 and 1270. It provides a powerful, personal insight into the brutal battles and the fascinating travels of one nobleman, fighting in the Sixth and Seventh Crusades.


Eastern Voyages, Western Visions

Eastern Voyages, Western Visions

Author: Margaret Topping

Publisher: Peter Lang

Published: 2004

Total Pages: 400

ISBN-13: 9783039101832

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This collection of interdisciplinary essays explores the range of French and francophone encounters with the East from the medieval period to the present day. --book cover.


Castles of the Morea (revised edition)

Castles of the Morea (revised edition)

Author: Kevin Andrews

Publisher: American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Published: 2006-06-01

Total Pages: 350

ISBN-13: 1621390284

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First published in 1953, this book presents a description of 16 of the larger medieval fortresses in the Peloponnese, occupied by the Venetians between 1685 and 1715. It is also a beautifully written celebration of some of Greece's most striking, but also least studied, architectural monuments, inspired by a unique collection of 17th-century fortification plans (the Grimani codex) preserved in the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The author first saw the plans in 1948 and devoted the next four years of his life to a historical and archaeological investigation of the castles they depicted. At a time when most of the students at the American School were studying the classics, his interest in later Greek history was pioneering. He not only searched out hundreds of obscure documentary sources but also made a point of visiting, and personally describing and photographing, every castle. This was not an easy thing to do at the tail end of the Greek Civil War. The final publication was an instant classic, marked out by its evocative prose and Andrews's obvious fascination with the subject. The book has been long out of print. This new edition presents Andrews's original text with a new introduction which sets the work in context and discusses some of the developments in Greek castle studies since the 1950s. The Grimani maps, originally printed only in black and white, are now presented in their original colors.


Geoffroy of Villehardouin, Marshal of Champagne

Geoffroy of Villehardouin, Marshal of Champagne

Author: Theodore Evergates

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Published: 2024-01-15

Total Pages: 276

ISBN-13: 150177350X

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Geoffroy of Villehardouin, Marshal of Champagne by Theodore Evergates traces the remarkable life of Geoffroy of Villehardouin (c. 1148–c. 1217) from his earliest years in Champagne through his last years in Greece after the crusade. The fourth son of a knight, Geoffroy became marshal of Champagne, principal negotiator in organizing the Fourth Crusade, chief of staff of the expedition to and conquest of Constantinople, garrison commander of Constantinople and, in his late fifties, field commander defending the Latin settlement in the Byzantine empire against invading Bulgarian armies and revolting Greek cities. Known for his diplomatic skills and rectitude, he served as the chief military advisor to Count Thibaut III of Champagne and later to Emperor Henry of Constantinople. Geoffroy is remarkable as well for dictating the earliest war memoir in medieval Europe, which is also the earliest prose narrative in Old French. Addressed to a home audience in Champagne, he described what he did, what he saw, and what he heard during his eight years on crusade and especially during the fraught period after the conquest of Constantinople. His memoir, The Book of the Conquest of Constantinople, furnishes a commander's retrospective account of the main events and inner workings of the crusade—the innumerable meetings and speeches, the conduct (not always commendable) of the barons, and the persistent discontent within the army—as well as a celebration of his own deeds as a diplomat and a military commander.


The Encyclopaedia Britannica: Vetch-Zymotic Diseases

The Encyclopaedia Britannica: Vetch-Zymotic Diseases

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Publisher:

Published: 1911

Total Pages: 1110

ISBN-13:

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"The last great work of the age of reason, the final instance when all human knowledge could be presented with a single point of view ... Unabashed optimism, and unabashed racism, pervades many entries in the 11th, and provide its defining characteristics ... Despite its occasional ugliness, the reputation of the 11th persists today because of the staggering depth of knowledge contained with its volumes. It is especially strong in its biographical entries. These delve deeply into the history of men and women prominent in their eras who have since been largely forgotten - except by the historians, scholars"-- The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2012/apr/10/encyclopedia-britannica-11th-edition.