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1898 English Historical Review  
and Colonel Conder writes of 'an attack by sea on Alexandria in 1174' as if it were another version of the Damietta siege; bat he mast -sorely have heard of the Sicilian expedition ? Nisiba again does duty for Na?lbin; ' TTighAm ed Din ' appears as the name of the admiral Husamed-dtn, and generally speaking the ™»atftlrflfl in the translation of Bahaed-dln are reproduced here. Ernool's story of the knights who deserted to Saladin at 9ittin is marred by patting the well-known speech into the
more » ... speech into the sultan's mouth (p. 152). Ernoul writes that the knights said, ' Sire, c'atendis vous f Poignies sour aus, qu'ii nt sepueent mats aidier ; il sont tout mort.' Colonel Conder's rendering is,' " Fall on them," he said ; " they cannot help themselves : they are dead already." ' Raymond of Tripoli is credited with doing ' good service afterwards at Tyre,' though he died about a fortnight after the battle. Despite sundry inaccuracies, it is a lively sketch, and the author's personal knowledge of the country makes it more vivid than such sketches usually are. LANE-POOLE. The IAfe and Miracles of St. William of Norwich by Thomas of Mon mouth. Edited by AUGUSTUS JESSOPP, D.D., and MONTAGUE B. JAMBS, LittJX (Cambridge : University Press. 1896.) THE fate of Thomas of Monmouth's ' life of St. William ' has been somewhat remarkable. It was written, we now learn, between 1172 and 1174, within thirty years of the Iragedy which it records. Until recently, however, it was only known from the mention made of it by Leland and Bale; no manuscript was in evidence, and even the fact that it was the exclusive source of Capgrave's account of the boy-martyr in the ' Nova Legenda' was as yet unrevealed. The credit of bringing so valuable a work to light belongs to Dr. James. A unique copy, it appears, had long lain buried in a small parish-library at Brent Eleigh in Suffolk, and in 1889, when (with one notable exception, already secured by the Bodleian) the Brent Eleigh MSS. were removed to Cambridge, Dr. James had the satisfaction of identifying it. To atone for its long seclusion, it has now been fortunate in its editors, whom we have to-thank not only for the Latin text and an admirable English version, but for preliminary matter of great interest. In anything that relates to Norfolk, Dr. Jesaopp is on his own ground. Thus, besides his share of the translation, he contributes instructive chapters on the author, on Norwich cathedral priory, where he served as sacrist at the martyr's tomb, on East Anglia in the reign of Stephen, and on the Norwich Jews; while Dr. James gives the history of the work, and a lucid and impartial analysis of the evidence on which the legend was built up, together with a well-informed chapter on the cult and iconography of the saint. The last subject is illustrated by five panel portraits from rood screens, and a useful plan of Norwich about the year 1150 accompanies a note by the Bev. W. Hudson. A facsimile of a page of the manuscript would have been a welcome addition, but no doubt the editors are justified in the belief that, although not the original, it was written before the end of the twelfth century. The story of the poor boy whose corpse waa found in Thorpe Wood outside Norwich on Easter Eve, 1144, derives its historical importance from being the first of a long series of alleged ritual murders by Jews. As is by guest on August 11, 2015 Downloaded from
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