Book Series Outremer. Studies in the Crusades and the Latin East, vol. 10

Franks and Crusades in Medieval Eastern Christian Historiography

Alex Mallett (ed)

  • Pages: 351 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:1 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-56581-1
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“In conclusion, I cannot praise the quality and the overall necessity of this volume highly enough. (…) This book should be put in the hands of every graduate student studying the Crusades and on the shelf of every professional Crusades historian.” (John Giebfried, in Church History, 3, 2022, p. 134)

“Overall, this is a very authoritative and helpful collection of essays. Part reference work, part scholarly analysis, it synthesises a great deal of information that is not well known whilst offering insights on a broad range of topics.” (Nicholas Morton, in Al-Masāq, 29/09/2022, p. 345)


Alex Mallett is Assistant Professor at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University, Tokyo


This volume is an introduction to eleven of the main medieval Eastern Christian historians used by modern scholars to reconstruct the events and personalities of the crusading period in the Levant. Each of the chapters examines one historian and their work(s), and first contains an introductory examination of their life, background and influences. This is then followed by a study of their work(s) relevant to the Crusades, including the reasons for writing, themes, and methodology. Such an approach will allow modern researchers to better understand the background and contexts to these texts, and thus to reconstruct the past in a more nuanced and detailed way. Written by eleven eminent scholars in their fields, and examining chronicles written in Armenian, Greek, Syriac, and Arabic, this book will be essential reading for anybody engaged in research on the Crusades, as well as Eastern Christian and Islamic history, and medieval historiography.


Introduction - Alex Mallett

Greek Texts:

Anna Comnena - Jonathan Shepard

John Kinnamos - Chris Hobbs

Niketas Choniates - Alicia Simpson

George Akropolites - Ruth Macrides and Jeff Brubaker

Armenian Texts:

Matthew of Edessa - Tara Andrews

Smbat - Sergio La Porta

Syriac Texts:

Michael the Syrian - Dorothea Weltecke

Anonymous Chronicle to 1234 - Herman Teule

Bar Hebraeus – Marianna Mazzola

Copto-Arabic Texts:

Al-Makin Ibn al-Amid - Anne-Marie Eddé

History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church – Alex Mallett and Johannes Den Heijer