The Catalan Expedition to the East

The Catalan Expedition to the East

from the `Chronicle' of Ramon Muntaner

Ramon Muntaner

Translated by Robert D. Hughes

Introduction by N. D. Hillgarth


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Ramon Muntaner's account of the bloody adventures of the Almogaver army under Roger of Flor in the eastern Mediterranean in the early fourteenth century, one of the most spellbinding narratives of medieval European literature.
Before its definitive fall into Turkish hands, the Byzantine Empire was the target of adventurers of many nations. Outstanding among these groups was the Almogaver army led by Roger of Flor, composed of mercenaries hardened in the war between the Catalan and Angevin dynasties for domination of Sicily. The Catalan presence in Constantinople aroused suspicion among the Greek nobility who assassinated Roger of Flor and tried to exterminate his men. The devastating reaction of those who escaped the slaughter led to Catalan control of broad swathes of the Empire, including Athens. Ramon Muntaner, one of the ringleaders of the expedition, recounted the adventures of the Almogaver army in the eastern Mediterranean in the fascinating section of his Chronicle translated here. The preface is by N. D. Hillgarth.

Dr. Robert D. Hughes is a translator and researcher with particular expertise in the fields of fine art, the history of ideas and Catalan culture.

Published in association with Editorial Barcino


June 2006
164 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Textos B
ISBN: 9781855661318
Format: Paperback
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Introduction: Ramon Muntaner and his Chronicle by J.N. Hillgarth
Translator's Preface
The Catalan Expedition to the East
Select Bibliography


There are very few aspects of this translation which can in any way be remarked on in a way which is less than positive. [A] quite outstanding translation of Muntaner's account of the expedition. AARHMS (AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RESEARCH HISTORIANS OF MEDIEVAL SPAIN) NEWSLETTER
One can only welcome this readable accessible paperback form. WAR IN HISTORY

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