Columbia University Press. This hardcover edition translated and with a new introduction and notes by James A. Brundage was issued without a dustjacket in 1961. 262 pages, illustrated with maps and includes a bibliography . It is we understand the only English translation available of the most important first-hand account of the Northern Crusades in the Baltic states. Henry's chronicle is the only surviving evidence for many episodes in the early stages of Christendom in the Eastern Baltic. In describing sights, sounds, and even the personal appearance and quirks of many of the people he encountered, Henry of Livonia provides us with an invaluable and deeply human history. The Pope's call for a renewed holy war at the end of the twelfth century inspired not only the famous crusades in the Middle East but also a series of less celebrated yet decidedly more successful Northern Crusades. At the time, the region of Livonia (present-day Estonia and Latvia) was a crossroads of Germanic, Scandinavian, and Russian trade, culture, and religion. The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia provides insight into not only military operations in the East during this tumultuous period but also the conflicted attitudes of an eyewitness, revealing the complex melding of religious motives with political aims.
The book is in fair condition. The cover has a few marks at the edges, a pencil mark on the back cover and the top and bottom of the spine are very slightly scuffed. There are also a few pencil marks and under-linings on several pages throughout the book and on the map of The Holy Roman Empire, the initials on the map, S, L, R, and M have a small red circle around them. At the bottom of the book across the pages there is a red line about 1cm long, made we assume with the red pen used when the red circles were made. There is also a slight pencil mark across the pages when the book is closed. The binding is sound and apart from the few markings mentioned is clean.