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The construction of a primary source

The creation of Itinerarium Peregrinorum 1
Helen J. Nicholson
p. 143-165

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The so-called “Itinerarium Peregrinorum 1”, as named by Professor Hans E. Mayer in his 1962 study, appears to be a medley of sources forming a loose narrative of events in the kingdom of Jerusalem between May 1187 and November 1190. It includes martyrdom accounts, letters, and eye-witness material. Yet comparison to other contemporary sources reveals that the author adapted his narrative to present a particular message to his readers. This article considers for what purpose IP 1 was compiled.

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The so-called “Itinerarium Peregrinorum 1”, as named by Professor H. E. Mayer in his ground-breaking 1962 study, is an anonymous medley of different sources forming a loose narrative of events in the Holy Land and during the Third Crusade between May 1187 and November 1190. It includes martyrdom accounts, letters, and eye-witness material. Its precise date of composition and its author are unknown. In this article I will argue that it had an over‑riding purpose, and that this purpose is important evidence for its authorship and date.

This work survives as a stand-alone chronicle in five manuscripts. It was later adapted to form the first part of a Latin history of the whole Third Crusade, the Itinerarium peregrinorum et gesta regis Ricardi (IP 2). Scholars generally agree that the latter was written by Richard de Templo, prior of Holy Trinity (an Augustinian priory in London), during the period 1217-1222. Because our text now forms the first part of the Itinerarium Peregrinorum Mayer...

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Helen J. Nicholson, « The construction of a primary source »Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes, 37 | 2019, 143-165.

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Helen J. Nicholson, « The construction of a primary source »Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes [En ligne], 37 | 2019, mis en ligne le 01 août 2022, consulté le 20 janvier 2022. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/crm/17272 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/crm.17272

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Helen J. Nicholson

Cardiff University

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