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Source Exercise 2: The First Crusade: 4

The next source gives insight into the practicalities involved in going on Crusade. From the internal evidence of this source, suggest an answer to each of the following:

  • Can you summarise what is being said in the passage?
  • Who seems to have written it?
  • Why do you think such a careful record was made?
  • What does this tell you about the cost of going on crusade and how funds might be raised?

Source 2

At the time Geoffrey of Donzy was wanting to go to Jerusalem he possessed half of the county of Chalon-sur-Saône…Geoffrey decided to sell his half [of the county] to his uncle the Lord Savary [of Vergy]. Savary came to us (Bishop Walter and the canons of the church of Chalon) with his wife, asking if he could pledge to us part of that half which he had bought; in this way we would help him pay the money he owed (Geoffrey). We lent the Lord Savary [the equivalent of] 200 ounces of pure gold, each ounce being worth 40 solidi in coin, of which half was made up of silver that we stripped from the altar table of St Vincent.

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