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Uniquely among representatives of the "king-and-commoner" plot type (a king takes refuge with a humble fellow, who is then summoned to court for a reward), the fifteenth-century Taill of Rauf Coilzear adjoins a lengthy encounter between the newly knighted "hero" and a Saracen opponent. The...
Capystranus has been considered by critics to be an accurate historical account of the 1456 siege of Belgrade by the Turks. This paper aims to dispel this misconception and to examine the representation of Christians and Saracens in the poem. It is an intriguing work that reflects...
De expugnatione Lyxbonensi, an intriguing account of the Christian capture of Lisbon in 1147 by a mixed force of visiting Crusaders and local Portuguese troops, offers the modern reader a unique insight into the reality of twelfth-century religious militancy. Because the anonymous author was...
On the 6th of March 845 the Arabs executed forty-two Byzantine prisoners, some of them very eminent, who had been captured after the fall of the city of Armorion in Asia Minor. This seems, on the face of it, to defy logic, as it was common practice in those days to keep prisoners in custody...
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