Albert of Aachen

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Albert of Aachen at the feet of Christ - fresco in the apse calotte of the church of the Knechtsteden monastery (around 1160)

Albert von Aachen ( Latin Albericus Aquensis , French Albert d'Aix ; † around 1164) was a historian and cleric of the 12th century from the area around the Aachen royal palace . As founder , he worked at the continued construction of the Norbertine - monastery Knechtsteden in Dormagen , where he was also buried.


In the years between 1125 and 1150 Albert von Aachen wrote the twelve books Historia Hierosolymitanae expeditionis , the only chronicle that reports in detail about the " People's Crusade of the Poor ", the forerunner of the First Crusade . The chronicle is still available today in a compilation . Albert used oral reports from participants and now-lost written eyewitness accounts. This also included a chronicle that a companion of the Duke and Crusader Gottfried von Bouillon may have written. The Duke, in turn, was a follower of the Roman-German Emperor Henry IV. Albert strongly emphasized his role, although the Emperor actually behaved defensively because of his quarrel with the Church during the crusade propaganda.

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