Raymond of Saint Gilles and the Provençals in the First Crusade

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1946

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Hill, John Hugh, 1905-1992

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Perhaps no other leader of the First Crusade has been as misunderstood as has been Raymond of Saint Gilles, the chieftain of the crusaders of southern France. This work offers a critical study of the contributions of Raymond and the Provençals to the success of the First Crusade, and in the light of recent research attempts to explain how Heinrich von Sybel and his continuators followed Norman propaganda in their evaluation of the work of Raymond. Rather than being the grasping old warrior who coveted new lands, Raymond seems to have been the one leader who attempted to execute the crusading plans of Urban II. With this in mind I have undertaken a study which explains the importance of the Midi in launching and carrying to a successful conclusion the First Crusade

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