Post-classical history

John of Würzburg

A German pilgrim to Jerusalem and author of a Latin description of the Holy Land.

A priest from the bishopric of Würzburg in Franconia, John probably wrote his work around the year 1170 and dedicated it to a fellow cleric named Theoderic. While drawing on some earlier sources, it gives extensive original descriptions of the topography and architecture of many of the churches, monasteries, and other holy sites in and around the city of Jerusalem at the time of John’s visit. It also gives some details of the history of the kingdom of Jerusalem up to that time, although John evidently felt strongly that the part played by the Germans in the crusader conquest of the Holy Land had been unjustly neglected and even concealed by the Frankish inhabitants of Outremer.

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