Baldwin, M. W. (ed.) / Volume I: The first hundred years
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FOREWORD xvii LaMonte died of a heart attack at the age of forty-seven (on October 2, 1949). It is now five years since anyone has heard his booming voice and felt the hearty warmth of his handshake. John LaMonte was not only widely respected for his scholarly achieve ment, he was deeply beloved by those who knew him best for his kindness and generosity, for a largeness of heart and spirit which always placed his time and strength at the disposal of the friends and students, historians old and young, who turned to him for help. A lover of witty stories, an amiable companion, a thought ful host, LaMonte had a buoyant nature which had held off death, with courage and without complaint, through three hard years of ill health, anima qualem non canclidiorem terra tulit! This History of the Crusades is thus curiously bound up with the academic lives of four men, and to these four this volume and those to come are dedicated. If Munro and LaMonte are gone, Duncalf and Krey are very much with us, and to them in Byzantine fashion we wish "many years". In March 1950 the present writer was appointed LaMonte's suc cessor in the University of Pennsylvania and soon thereafter be came editor-in-chief of the History. Since that time two brief reports of our slow progress have been published.6 At last we have produced the first volume, and we have incurred many obligations in its production and in the accumulation of the many chapters on hand for subsequent volumes. The editors owe much to the board of advisors whose names appear on a preceding page; I give especial thanks to Professors Austin P. Evans of Columbia and Joseph R. Strayer of Princeton, to whom I have often turned for help most readily given. Mention must be made of the consistent interest taken in this work by Dr. Charles R. D. Miller, executive secretary of the Mediaeval Academy of America, under whose auspices and sponsorship the work appears. We are most grateful to President Gaylord P. Harnwell of the University of Pennsyl vania and to former President George Wm. McClelland for the financial undertakings which have made this volume possible and assured the publication of its successors. Dr. Edwin B. Williams, Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, a distinguished philo logist and good friend of sound learning, has supported the History of the Crusades with unceasing encouragement from its inception. 6 Kenneth M. Setton, "The Pennsylvania History of the Crusades," Speculum, XXVI (' 95'), 578—58 1, and "History of the Crusades," Tear Book of the American Philosophical Society, 1952, pp. 222—226.
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