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Prof Peter Edbury 


A new edition of the Chronique d’Ernoul and Colbert-Fontainebleau version of the Old French Continuation of William of Tyre.

For a number of years I have been investigating the manuscript tradition of these two related narratives that together form one of the most important sources for the crusades to the Latin East. Since September 2009, thanks to a major award from the AHRC, I have been engaged on a project to produce a new critical edition which is due course will be published by Brill. For further details click here

Several supporting articles have appeared or are in the press.

  • ‘The French Translation of William of Tyre’s Historia: The Manuscript tradition’, Crusades, 7 (2007), pp. 69-105.
  • ‘The Old French William of Tyre and the Origins of the Templars’, in N. Housley (ed.), Knighthoods of Christ: Essays on the History of the Crusades and the Knights Templar presented to Malcolm Barber (Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2007), pp. 151-64.
  • ‘The Old French William of Tyre, the Templars and the Assassin Envoy’, in Karl Borchardt, Nikolas Jaspert and Helen J. Nicholson (eds.),  The Hospitallers, the Mediterranean and Europe: Festschrift for Anthony Luttrell (Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2007), pp. 25-37.
  • ‘New Perspectives on the Old French Continuations of William of Tyre’, Crusades, 6 (2010), pp. 107-136
  • ‘Gerard of Ridefort and the battle of Le Cresson (1 May 1187): The developing narrative tradition’ in Helen Nicholson (ed.), On the Margins of Crusading: Military Orders, the Papacy and the Christian World (Farnham, Ashgate, 2011), pp. 45-60

Translation of the Chronique d’Amadi (in collaboration with Nicholas Coureas)  To be published by the Cyprus Research centre.

The Chronique d’Amadi survives in just one sixteenth-century manuscript which is in the Marciana Library in Venice.  Named after the manuscript’s owner, Francesco Amadi, the text is a compilation translated into Italian and drawn from various narratives from the Latin East.  Some of these – the Old French William of Tyre, the Gestes des Chiprois and the Annales de Terre Sainte – survive independently, but, especially for the period ca. 1300-1359, the material is unique, and for the yeast 1306-24 the Italian text preserves an otherwise lost French original of the utmost importance for the history of Cyprus.

This project will result in a translation of the whole text covering the period from 1095 – 1441 with notes and an introduction which among other things will consider the relationship of this text to the extant thirteenth-century narratives identifies above and to the later narratives contained in the writings of Leontios Makhairas (who wrote in Greek) and Florio Bustron (who wrote in Italian).

The project is funded by the Cyprus Research Centre.

The Third Crusade (1187-97). The Third Crusade was called in 1187 to recover Jerusalem which had passed in Muslim control earlier that year.  The involvement of King Richard I of England, Philip Augustus of France and the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa has meant that the crusade has received due attention in the text books and in national histories, and, although much work has been done of specific aspects of the crusade, there is still a need for a study examining the expedition in its own right as a whole. This project will lead to a monograph based on the original sources and modern works.

The Military Orders: Politics and Power. In September 2009 we hosted the fifth Military Orders Conference in Cardiff as St John’s Gate, the normal venue was in the process of renovation.  I have edited a selection of the papers read on that occasion: The Military Orders 5: Politics and Power (Farnham and Burlington, Ashgate, 2012):

The Cardiff Centre for the Crusades was established in 2000 to encourage and develop Cardiff as a focus for research collaboration, conferences and publications in the field of crusading history. Research areas include the following:

  • The history and ideology of the crusading movement
  • The history and archaeology of the lands conquered by the crusaders
  • The impact of the crusades on those lands and peoples against which expeditions were directed and from which expeditions were launched
  • The history of the Military Orders

Core member ship comprises Professor Peter Edbury, Professor Helen Nicholson (Professor of Medieval History), and Professor Denys Pringle (Professor of Archaeology).