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Zacour, N. P.; Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / The impact of the Crusades on Europe
(1989)

III: The Epic Cycle of the Crusades,   pp. 98-115 PDF (6.7 MB)


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Ch. III THE EPIC CYCLE OF THE CRUSADES 111 
torically more accurate than its rifacimento, which suffers from the injection
of incidents and episodes similar to those found in Antioche and presumably
borrowed from Richard le Pèlerin (or even possibly by Graindor from
his own version of Antioche). Anouar Hatem has attempted to prove that the
older Jerusalem was, like the original Chétifs, written in the Latin
Orient, but Suzanne Duparc-Quioc's counterclaim that it was composed in northern
France is based on more impressive evidence. 12 
C. The First Cycle: The Kings ofJerusalem 
 Raymond of Saint Gilles, Bohemond, Tancred, Harpin of Bourges, John of Alis,
the king of the Tafurs, the bishop of Forez, and the abbot of Fécamp
promise Godfrey that they will stay with him in the Holy Land. Corbaran receives
baptism at the hands of the bishop of Marturana, and his sister Florie (also
called Matroine) becomes the wife of Godfrey. Meanwhile the siege of Acre
has begun. Tancred obtains possession of Caesarea. He jousts with the emir
Dodekin (Tughtigin). The resistance of Acre ends when the besiegers start
catapulting beehives onto the battlements. Godfrey angers Heraclius, the
patriarch of Jerusalem, by asking for relics to send his mother, countess
Ida. The irate prelate does not hesitate to poison the king. Heraclius conspires
with Tancred to place Bohemond on the throne, but cannot prevent Baldwin
of Edessa from taking his brother's place. Heraclius dies in prison and is
succeeded by Henry, archbishop of Tyre. Death also claims John of Alis and
Harpin of Bourges. Baldwin is taken prisoner. In order to guarantee the payment
of his ransom to the sultan of Persia, he surrenders his younger daughter
Beatrice (Yvette) as a hostage. When later she returns home, she reveals
that she has been ravished by Blugadas, king of Aleppo, and becomes a sister
of charity at the hospital at Acre. The elder daughter, Ida, had married
Amairic of Auxerre, who succeeds Baldwin on the latter's death. Amairic is
king of Jerusalem for only three years. His posthumous son Baldwin inherits
the crown. The widowed Ida marries Baldwin of Sebourc (Le Bourg), a cousin
of Hugh of Vermandois. With his own hand Baldwin of Sebourc kills the infamous
Blugadas. At this point of the narrative Saladin makes his appearance. Son
of king Eufrarin of Alexandria, 
12. Duparc-Quioc, Le Cycle, pp. 1—76, 275—390. 


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