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The Acre Continuation of Eracles

Summary
Originating at the city of Acre, the capital of the thirteenth-century crusader kingdom, this textual tradition – also known as the ‘Colbert-Fontainebleau’ continuation because of the manuscript's seventeenth and eighteenth-century owners – survives in various redactions that carry the story originally begun by William of Tyre from the fall of Jerusalem in 1187 until the later half of the thirteenth century. Working from a series of continuations and revisions undertaken in the 1240s, writers in the East created their own continuations, some actively revising earlier material, such as the Ernoul-Bernard to more fully tell the story of the collapse of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the period of political restoration of the communities in Outremer through the later thirteenth century, concluding their narratives at different dates (1248, 1264, 1275, and 1277). They contain increasingly terse, annalistic entries for the later portions of the text, copied in part from the Annales de Terre Sainte.

MSS
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, ms. fr. 9085 (Vellum, s. xiii).

Edition
Shirley, Janet, (editor). Crusader Syria in the Thirteenth Century. The Rothelin Continuation of the History of William of Tyre with part of the Eracles or Acre text. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 1999.

Secondary Literature
Edbury, Peter W. “New Perspectives on the Old French William of Tyre.” In Crusades 9 (2011): 107–113.

Gaggero, Massimiliano. “La Chronique d’Ernoul: Problèmes et Méthode D’édition.” In Perspectives Médiévales, 34 (2012).