Jean de Joinville Writing Styles in Chronicles of the Crusades

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Perspective

In the first book, the writer, Villehardouin, speaks mostly in the third person, but occasionally speaks in the first person. This shift occurs because, while some of his work is taken from other books written about the Crusade, some is also written from his own personal experiences. His use of these perspectives is useful, in that the perspective helps to show the reader whether the information is first or second hand. Additionally, this helps set the tone of factual information presented in the novel. However, at the same time, the author is somewhat biased in his opinions, in that he himself was fighting for his country while blaming those deserting the army. His background as a nobleman does seem to influence his opinions about those in lower classes.

In the second book, the writer, Joinville, speaks in the first person through most of the story. This is due...

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