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A History of the Crusades, Vol. III: The Fourteenth and by Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard

By Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard

The six volumes of A heritage of the Crusades will stand because the definitive background of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of knowledge and research of the background, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval global.

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His fleet, totaling fifteen galleys, was to sail in three squadrons from Venice, Genoa, and Marseilles, with Coron in the southern Morea as their rendezvous, whence concerted action would begin according to a preconceived plan. The count himself sailed from the lagoons of Venice on June 11, 1366, andall the galleys reunited at Coron on July 19. After settling a local dispute 20. See below, pp. 371-375. 01. I THE CRUSADE IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY 19 between Angelo, the Latin archbishop o f Patras, and Marie of Bourbon, the titular empress of Constantinople, Amadeo's ships proceeded toward their first objective, Gallipoli, across the Aegean by way of Negroponte.

23 Benedict XIII, the Avignonese pope, issued a series of bulls in the course of 1395 to release John of Nevers, now recognized as head of the Franco-Burgundian contingents, from certain vows and to grant him and all his followers the usual plenary absolution from sins on the occasion of the crusade. Still earlier, the Roman pope, Boniface IX, had already declared the holy war in the countries adhering to his obedience in east Central Europe in 1394. The Great Schism of the church in the west did not affect the unanimity of all parties in regard to this crusade.

Peter's decision to capture Alexandria and use it as a base for further conquests to disable Egypt was regarded as wise, and the times were propitious for the campaign. ram, governor of the city, was absent on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The reigning sultan Sha'biin was a smali boy of eleven, and his guardian prince Yelbogha abused the wide powers with which he was entrusted. The Mamluk battalions were torn asunder into factions without an overall leader. Yet it would be wrong to assume that Alexandria was in no position to withstand attacks.

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