As I had promised in an earlier post, Fridays will be devoted to random but compelling medieval soundbites. Today's offering comes from the Historia Heirosolymitana by Fulcher of Chartres, the famous chronicler of the First Crusade. As I was reading through the chronicle this week, I was struck by the following passage for a number of reasons, one of which being Fulcher's mentioning of linguistic borrowing in the Levant. His argument that geographic and ethnic identities are ultimately replaceable is also rather compelling and would, I sense, be of interest to those who study issues of medieval colonialism/postcolonialsim:
(From A History of the Expedition to Jerusalem, translated by Frances Rita Ryan, edited by Harold S. Fink (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1969), III.xxiii, 272-73).