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Hi everyone!
Some may be reading my narrative AAR “Crowns of the Levant” which takes place in the universe of another AAR I had written in French.

It was an AAR in 8 volumes about the history of the Kingdom of Jerusalem from the Council of Clermont (1095) to a certain event in 1274. It is a historical book type AAR, a genre I am particularly fond of and for which I am better known in the French-speaking community.

As a bonus for English readers, I decided to translate this prequel and publish it. The publication will not be weekly because it takes a lot of time, but I will publish each time a whole volume (whereas for the French version, I published chapter by chapter). The priority remains the weekly publication of Crowns of the Levant.

A note on translation: historical books are much easier to translate than narratives, but, of course, screenshots from the game are in French. Some of the photoshoped illustrations will sometimes be in French, because I no longer have the originals. Fortunately, these are only names or terms that, thanks to William the Conqueror, are simple enough for English speakers (bataille = battle ; siège = siege).

Finally, a few details:​
  • version played is 1.2.2, with 3 cosmetic mods (CFP + Title rank portraits + Fullscreen Barbershop);​
  • Before the crusade, I played the king of France;​
  • In contrast to Crowns of the Levant, some French, German or Byzantine names are translated into English or Latinised, which is more appropriate for historical books. In order to respect historical conventions, some other names (often Italian or Spanish) are not. For the sake of clarity, Arabic names preceded by al, such as al-Mustali, are capitalized (Al-Mustali);​
  • Some titles have been changed to respect the nomenclature of the game. Thus the counts of Toulouse or Flanders are dukes.​

I really hope you'll like it.
Enjoy!​
 
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Lovely, love the graphics!
 
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Next book will be the Crusade itself (1096-1099).
And yes, the dates are basically the same as IRL. I didn't cheat, I was just really really lucky and realised it while writing the AAR.

EDIT : thanks @Nikolai! I didn't see your post. That kind of AARs were populars back in EU3 in the French forum, and I sticked to it for more than 10 years (lack of originality probably haha) . I like these AARs even if it is a nightmare to write or edit/correct them (and they can disappear after some years, to avoid that I even tried Calamero 7 or 8 years ago to tell the weird story of my character in a "CK2 Save Share Game").
 
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I do rather enjoy the format as well -- definitely has that authentic "history book" feel to it, especially with the sidebars for quotations and miscellaneous facts.

I've been enjoying the main narrative immensely already, so I'll have to get caught up on this prequel when I can :)
 
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Just read what you have here so far and it is terrific. Like the above, I agree that the graphical presentation really evokes a good history book and your translations are superb.
 
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That's some quality content. Alas I don't have time to read it all, but definietely will give it a shot when I find some :)

I do rather enjoy the format as well -- definitely has that authentic "history book" feel to it, especially with the sidebars for quotations and miscellaneous facts.

I've been enjoying the main narrative immensely already, so I'll have to get caught up on this prequel when I can :)

Just read what you have here so far and it is terrific. Like the above, I agree that the graphical presentation really evokes a good history book and your translations are superb.

Thank you very much, it motivates me a lot!
Next book is translated but I'll will wait a bit.
 
I have to admit I have not fully read the AAR yet, and for some reason I never actually read a history book style AAR on the forum yet. For some reason I can't stomach reading through hundreds and hundreds of pages worth of text, despite me reading history books without trouble IRL. But when I saw this one and the style it was made in, it appealed to me. So I will most definitely be reading this, well done on the format. It tickles me to maybe try something similar, after not writing AARs for a couple years now. Who knows, maybe one day ^^.

Keep it up!
 
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I have to admit I have not fully read the AAR yet, and for some reason I never actually read a history book style AAR on the forum yet. For some reason I can't stomach reading through hundreds and hundreds of pages worth of text, despite me reading history books without trouble IRL. But when I saw this one and the style it was made in, it appealed to me. So I will most definitely be reading this, well done on the format. It tickles me to maybe try something similar, after not writing AARs for a couple years now. Who knows, maybe one day ^^.

Keep it up!
Thank you so much!
 
BOOK II. The First Crusade (1096-1099)
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