CrowdMapTheCrusades (formerly Crowdsourcing the Crusades @MapFirstCrusade) is a proof-of-concept transcription and mapping project.
It will generate and publish maps of the place names mentioned in ‘the Song of the First Crusade’, an Old French text attributed to Baudri of Bourgueil. It will help to establish interdisciplinary collaboration between literary scholars and historians, particularly in areas where the exact locations of places are most difficult to determine with certainty.
The project will focus on a version of the poem in a 13th century manuscript, Hatton 77, which is in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It has not yet been edited or transcribed in full.
The second part of the project will involve a collaborative transcription of a number of pages of the manuscript. This project will enable enthusiastic scholars, students and interested parties in different locations to collaborate together to transcribe a largely unexplored crusade poem.