Baldwin, M. W. (ed.) / The first hundred years
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FOREWORD xv versity, state, and federal authorities, who often had recourse to his wide knowledge and abundant wisdom. He was devoted to his former students, and they took much of his time. When L. J. Pae tow's untimely death in 1928 left unfinshed the revision of his Guide to the Study of Medieval History, Munro undertook its com pletion, assisted by Professor Gray C. Boyce, who now prepares the third edition of Paetow, and whose wide bibliographical know ledge has been placed at the disposal of this History o/the Crusades, for he will be the editor of Volume V. After Munro's death in 1933, on the eve of his retirement from Princeton, it soon became clear that all the writing he had been able to do for some time before his death was The Kingdom ot the Crusaders, which Professor August C. Krey prepared for the press in 1935. But Munro had often discussed his plans for a detailed history of the crusades with his friends and former students, especially with Krey and with Professor Frederic Duncalf. The latter's summer home at Waquoit, Massachusetts, was the scene of several such sessions, which still remain most treasured memories to Duncalf and to Krey. It is to these two that we owe the inception of this History, although the project gained a vast momentum when the twain was made a trio by the addition of the late Professor John L. LaMonte. The friendship of Krey and LaMonte began about 1930 when LaMonte taught Krey's courses while Krey was on a year's leave of absence from the University of Minnesota. Duncaif and LaMonte met for the first time in December 1935 at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, held that year in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was Duncaif who first proposed that a cooperative history of the crusades be undertaken by Munro's former students together with others who might be interested in joining them in such a venture. Krey was, of course, a firm sup porter of the idea. Nothing was done, however, until three years later. At the meeting of the Historical Association held in Chicago in 1938, with Duncaif in the chair, LaMonte read a paper on "The Crusades Reappraised," 3 which was later published as "Some Problems in Crusading Historiography." 4 After discussion, a com mittee of medievalists was formed to make plans for a cooperative history of the crusades; LaMonte proved to be a very popular preacher, and recruits were gathered for this crusade of scholar ship from the chief universities in the United States. Duncaif was Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the rear 1938 (Washington, D. C., 1939), p. 22; American Historical Review, XLIV (1939), 486. 4 In Speculum, XV (1940), 57—75.
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