Itinerarium Peregrinorum

Bibliographic Information


Medieval Title:

Itinerarium Peregrinorum


Composite Composition


Exists in 2 main versions. H.E. Mayer (1962) identifies an original shorter version (IP1) and a later, expanded version (IP2). Helen Nicholson suggests IP1 was produced by a crusader who combined oral accounts of events in 1187-89, a “written account of the German crusade,” and a largely eyewitness written account of the Siege of Acre to make his narrative. In IP2 a chronicler usually identified as Richard de Templo, prior of the Augustinian priory of Holy Trinity in London, adds a Latin translation of Ambroise’s Estoire, materials from other sources, and chapter headings (2001, 1–17). Scholarly debate about the details of composition continues.



Textual Information

Brief Summary: 

A Latin chronicle of the Third Crusade (1189-92 CE) which recounts events from the perspective of crusaders following Richard I of England (b. 1157 CE, d.1199 CE). It also presents a detailed narrative of events leading up to the crusade, including the capture of the Kingdom of Jerusalem’s Holy Cross relic by Saladin’s forces at the Battle of Hattin (1187 CE).

Relics Appearing in Text:



Manuscripts, Editions, and Translations


(for a full list including fragments see Meyer’s edition)

  • Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, MS 14775-14776, s. xii
  • Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 129, s. xiv (MS C; base of Stubbs’s edition)
  • Cambridge, University Library, MS Ff. I. 25, s. xiii-xvi
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS. E. 4. 21, s. xiii
  • London, British Library, Cotton Faustina MS A. VII, s. xiii
  • London, British Library, Additional MS 21088, s. xvi
  • Manchester, John Rylands Library. MS. Lat. 214, s. xiv
  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, MS Lat. 10185, s. xiii (MS G; base of Mayer’s edition)
  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, MS. Lat. 17153, s. xv
  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, MS. Lat 6044, s. xvi
  • Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana Cod. Reg. Lat. 690, s. xiii

List of Editions of the Medieval Text: 

Itinerarium peregrinorum et gesta Regis ricardi, auctore, ut videtur, Ricardo canonico Sanctae Trinitatis Londoniensis, in Vol. 1 of Chronicles and Memorials of the Reign of Richard I, 2 vols, ed. William Stubbs, Rolls Series 38 (London, 1864-65) (MS C)


Das Itinerarium Peregrinorum. Eine Zeitgenössische englische Chronik zum dritten Kreuzzug in ursprünglicher Gestalt, ed. H. E. Mayer, MGH Schriften 18 (Stuttgart: Anton Hiersemann, 1962) (MS G with variants interwoven)

List of Translations of the Medieval Text: 

The Chronicle of the Third Crusade: A Translation of the Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi, trans. Helen J. Nicholson (Aldershot, 1997) (translation of Stubbs edition of MS C)



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