Post-classical history

Peter Tudebode

Participant in the First Crusade (1096-1099) and author of a Latin chronicle based on the anonymous Gesta Francorum.

Much discussion has centered on the precise relationship between these two chronicles. It used to be thought that the Gesta Francorum was the derivative work, so that in the edition published in the Recueil des Historiens des Croisades in 1866, the anonymous work followed Tudebode’s history and was given the alternative title of Tudebodus abbreviatus (Tudebode Abridged). However, it is now generally accepted that Tudebode used the Gesta Francorum, adding some information from his own experience. This additional material includes the death of his brother, the death of the crusader Rainald Porchet, and a significant attack on the Bridge Gate, all of which took place at Antioch. In general Tudebode is less admiring of Bohemund I of Antioch than his exemplar. The work is found in four manuscripts, of which three date from the twelfth century.

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