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Clement   Link to this

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.

Bill   Link to this

Fuller's "Historie of the Holy Warre," fourth edition, folio, Cambridge, 1651, is in the Pepysian Library.
---Wheatley, 1899.

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