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Wolff, R. L.; Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / Volume II: The later Crusades, 1189-1311

Foreword,   pp. xiii-xiv PDF (150.9 KB)

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 In a letter addressed to the Catholic clergy in the east on November 13,
1204, pope Innocent III wrote that the transfer of imperial power in Constantinople
from the Greeks to the Latins was "the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous
in our eyes." His words are those of the psalmist (117:23), and well
depict the wonder then felt in Christendom at the astonishing success of
the Fourth Crusade. Considering the difficulties and delays we have encountered
in getting out the present volume, the editors may well apply Innocent's
sentiment to the conclusion of their own work. But we have other debts than
those of a celestial nature. Professor Norman P. Zacour of Franklin and Marshall
College has given us invaluable assistance in various ways in addition to
translating Professor Cahen's two chapters (XIX and XXI) from French into
English. We are much indebted to Dr. Elizabeth Chapin Furber, who very kindly
translated M. Longnon's chapter (VII), also from French, besides undertaking
for us a chapter (XVII), which the late Professor John L. LaMonte had been
scheduled to write, on the history of his beloved Cyprus. Miss Margaret C.
Nolan of the library staff of the University of Pennsylvania has kept the
voluminous files relating to this History of the Crusades, done much typing,
and read the galley proofs with imperturbable patience. More than a word
of thanks is due Mr. Thomas Yoseloff, director of the University Press, who
has cheerfully had type reset, and other things redone, to help us make this
as good a volume as possible. 
 Death has unfortunately carried off two of our contributors, Professors
Edgar H. McNeal and Sidney Painter, during the years we have been at work
on this volume. The former never saw in print the chapter on which he collaborated.
Professor Painter had the opportunity to correct his proofs. 
 If I may be permitted a personal note in this Foreword, it must be to thank
my old friend and colleague, Professor Robert Lee Wolff, who first attacked
the mountain of typescript with which we began this volume. He effected in
remarkable fashion a reduction of the whole to manageable size. No less recognition
is due Dr. 
1 Innocent III, Epp., an. VII, no. 154 (FL, CCXV, col. 456A): ". . .
a Domino factum est istud, et est mirabile in oculis nostris." 

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