Geoffrey of Villehardouin: Difference between revisions

==Biography==
[[Image:Lombards Library 022.jpg|right|170px|thumb|1585 edition with original text and translation in 16th c. French]]
A [[layman]] and a [[soldier]], he was appointed Marshal of Champagne from 1185 and <ref name=smalley-141>Smalley, p. 141</ref> he was appointed Marshal of Champagne from 1185 and joined the Crusade in 1199 during a tournament held by Count [[Thibaud III of Champagne]]. Thibaud named him one of the [[ambassador]]s to [[Venice]] to procure ships for the voyage, and he helped to elect [[Boniface of Montferrat]] as the new leader of the Crusade when Thibaud died.
 
Although he does not say so specifically in his own account, he probably supported the diversion of the Crusade first to [[Zadar|Zara]] and then to [[Constantinople]]. While at Constantinople he also served as an ambassador to [[Isaac II Angelus]], and was in the [[embassy]] that demanded that Isaac appoint [[Alexius IV]] co-emperor.
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