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Zacour, N. P.; Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / The impact of the Crusades on Europe

Foreword,   pp. xv-xvi PDF (625.5 KB)

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 As I observed in the Foreword to the preceding volume, it has been a long,
hard journey. There were times when I wondered whether we should ever reach
the end but now, after many years, we have finally done so. From time to
time we have had to institute changes in our initial plans. At least some
of these changes have been for the better. In some cases, to be sure, we
have been forced to yield to practicality or to one circumstance or another.
Also we have unfortunately lost along the way several of our contributors
and two of our fellow editors, Marshall W. Baldwin and Robert Lee Wolff,
who labored with a steadfast devotion to the first and second volumes of
this History of the Crusades. I am saddened by the thought that they will
not hold this last volume in their hands. It is a pleasure, however, to express
my indebtedness to Dr. Harry W. Hazard and to Professor Norman P. Zacour,
who have made possible the appearance of these volumes. With the courage
and determination of a true crusader Dr. Hazard has borne a heavy load. Furthermore,
we are most grateful to Mary Hazard for her valiant help. I am glad at last
to be able to express in print my thanks to Professor Hans Eberhard Mayer,
who, despite his numerous responsibilities, agreed amicitiae gratia to prepare
a bibliography for all six volumes. We are pleased to welcome into our midst
one of the outstanding crusading historians of our time. 
 We are grateful to Dr. Susan Babbitt, who is now with the American Philosophical
Society in Philadelphia, for her help with this volume as well as with Volume
V. I am also pleased at long last to acknowledge our indebtedness to Mrs.
Elizabeth A. Steinberg, assistant director of the University of Wisconsin
Press, whose conscientious attention to detail has been of endless assistance
to us. It is now more than thirty years ago (in 1955) that I sketched in
the Foreword to Volume I what I might call the historical background to this
work. There I dwelt upon the interest taken in it and the impetus given to
it by Dana C. Munro, August C. Krey, Frederick Duncaif, and John L. LaMonte
before any plans had really been made or a single word had been written.
Without the enthusiasm of these scholars, however, all of whom left us many
years ago, this work would never have come 

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