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John of Garland
John of Garland’s De triumphis Ecclesie
A new critical edition with introduction and translation

M. Hall (ed.)
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417 p., 10 colour ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58511-6
Languages: English, Latin
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New edition and first ever translation of John of Garland’s account of his times.

This is the first translation in any language of John of Garland’s poem about the historical events of his lifetime (c. 1195- c. 1258), together with revised Latin text, introduction and notes. This work gives a vivid picture of Anglo-French relations, of studies in Toulouse after the Albigensian Crusade, and of the need for faith following Louis’ catastrophic defeat in the Seventh Crusade. John gives us insights into his own life, and a stream of stories, holy and profane. The translation and notes bring to life for a wide range of medievalists this eye-witness account by an Englishman in France of major events of the age, especially 1242-52. They make clear John’s debts to classical authors and to contemporaries, especially Alan of Lille and Matthew Paris. Through re-ordering the lines, this edition now generates clarity from the single manuscript. It also offers fresh insights and a new perspective on John of Garland himself.

From a classical start, Martin Hall has developed a close interest in medieval history, especially the Crusades and the incipient universities, together with contemporary Latin. He cares passionately about accurate, understandable texts as a key starting point for historians. He hopes this book will introduce John of Garland to a bigger audience. He also published M. A. Hall & J. R. Phillips, Caffaro, Genoa and the Twelfth-Century Crusades (Farnham, 2013). He is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Life and Works of John of Garland

Chapter 2. The Manuscript Tradition and Previous Scholarship

Chapter 3. De triumphis Ecclesie

Chapter 4. Literary Influences and Sources

Chapter 5. John's Teaching and Preaching

Chapter 6. ‘Arma crucemque cano’: Church and Crusade

Chapter 7. The Main Political Sub-Plots

Chapter 8. Countering the ‘Other’: Heretics, Mongols, Jews, and Muslims

Chapter 9. The Seenth Crusade (1248-54)

Chapter 10. Conclusions

Critical Edition (with translation on facing pages)

Guide to the text



Book 1-8


Interest Classification:
Scholastic Philosophy (c. 1200-1500)
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Central Middle Ages (c.900 -1250)

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