In the years 1432-3 Bertandon de la Brocquiere , fifteenth-century gentleman and confidante to the Duke of Burgundy, undertook a pilgrimage to the Middle East and beyond. Though posing as a pilgrim de la Brocquiere was in fact a spy. He travelled to Ghent, Venice, Palestine and Damascus, eventually reaching as far as Constantinople at the important time leading up to the destruction of the city and the final fall of the Byzantine Empire. He met with both the Pope and with the Byzantine Emperor and his court. His account remains an excellent source on politics, leading figures and customs of the Mamluk and Ottoman lands, the early use of gunpowder by the Mamluks, and provides a careful analysis of Turkish military tactics. Written at the behest of the Duke of Burgundy, for the purpose of facilitating a new crusade, it also remains one of the key documents for the history of the Crusades in the late Middle Ages. This early edition is now rare and is here introduced by one of the leading authorities on the Middle East, Robert Irwin.
Bertradon de la Brocquiere was counselor to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, in the 15th century. He supposed pilgrimage in 1432-3 was in fact a spying mission for the duke, who was interested in promoting a new Crusade. His journey took him as far as Constantinople during the period leading up to the fall of the city and collapse of the Byzantine Empire. Brocquiere brought back important information relating to the political, military and cultural affairs of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Land. Robert Irwin is Middle East Editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He taught Arabic and Middle Eastern History at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and London and Medieval History at the University of St Andrews, UK.
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.Hardback
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2018
Number of Pages: 384
Illustrations: 8 bw integrated