Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
A History of the Crusades. Pictures of several pages can be viewed from right side of this link: http://www.ub.uio.no/uhs/bokskatter/mideast/kat...Fuller doesn't blush from the atrocities committed by all sides in that long series of conflicts.
I think Sam's delight must have been at Fuller's turn of phrase and wit, more than content.
In this reference to a plot by two monks in 1213 to entice probably homeless youth of Germany and France to join a crusade (to be instead delivered into slavery), Fuller guesses at a cause: "the devil, being cloyed with the murdering of men, desired a cordial of children's blood to comfort his weak stomach." Elegant trochees and iambs waltzing through horror. Sam must have chortled.(http://www.worldwideschool.org/library/books/re...)
Fuller's "Historie of the Holy Warre," fourth edition, folio, Cambridge, 1651, is in the Pepysian Library.---Wheatley, 1899.
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