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We shall deal with these two neighbours in turn. The Eastern Empire. 1 He was better equipped to understand the Byzantine point of view than any westerner of his time, and his evidence takes us to the root of the IFor Liudprand's works, see Liudprandi episcopi Cremonensis Opera, ed. ]oseph Becker, (M. G. , Scriptores rerum Germanicarum in usum scholarum, 1915). There is a translation by F. A. Wright in the Broadway Library (1930). 32 THE MAKING OF THE MIDDLE AGES sllarpening tensiOl1 between East and West whicll characterized tht: next two and a half centuries.
These tears on which the biographer dwells at length, this strong feeling for the sufferings of Christ and the places associated with these sufferings, have a greater importance than appears on the surface: without them there would have been no Crusade. The civilization of the twelfth century owes a great deal to the tears which were shed in the eleventh. They were the forerwmer of a new world of sentiment, of devotion, and even of action. On their way, the pilgrims met many interesting people, whose personal histories are a mirror in which we fmd reflected the great events of the time.
He had a large number of sons, for one of whom he bought the bishoprie of Cahors. The son had scruples - and consulted Abbot Abbo, and in this way the family obtained a small place in history. 2S ee Dom Hubert Dauphin, Le Bienheureux Richard, abbe de Saint-Vanne de Verdun (Bibliotheque de la Revue d'histoire ecclesiastique, fase. 24, 1946), pp. 272-96. The details of the abbot's behaviour at Jerusalem occur in the Life based on the information ofthose who had known the abbot, printed in M. G. , Scriptores, XI, 288-9.