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Remembering the Crusades in Medieval Texts and Songs

Exploring Latin texts, as well as Old French, Castilian, and Occitan songs and lyrics, this book contributes to new directions in studies of the crusades by offering a more nuanced understanding of the diverse ways in which medieval authors presented events, people, and places central to the crusading movement. It investigates how the transmission of stories related to suffering, heroism, the miraculous, and ideals of masculinity, helped to shape ideas of crusading presented in narratives produced in both the Latin East and the West, as well as the importance of Jerusalem in the lyric cultures of southern France, and how the narrative arc of the First Crusade developed from the earliest written and oral responses to the venture.

160 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

History: General History

Media Studies

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"This book is a very welcome addition to the new historiography on memory and the crusades. In focusing closely on particular texts and contexts, it brings innovative and important insights into how the crusades were represented and remembered in a variety of ways during the Middle Ages and beyond."

Megan Cassidy-Welch, University of Queensland

"This engrossing volume highlights the exciting work of a new generation of historians of the crusades. Focusing on the way the crusades were reflected in a variety of writing genres, the chapters show how crusading was embedded in broader networks and modes of composition, in continuous dialogue with larger cultural discourses of gender, status, emotion, and trauma."

Nicholas Paul, Fordham University

Table of Contents

‘Weighed by such a great calamity, they were cleansed for their sins’: Remembering the Siege and Capture of Antioch - Andrew D. Buck
Framing the Narrative of the First Crusade: The Letter Given at Laodicea in September 1099  - Thomas W. Smith
Fear, Fortitude and Masculinity in William of Malmesbury’s Retelling of the First Crusade and the Establishment of the Latin East - Stephen J. Spencer
Refocusing the First Crusade: Authorial Self-Fashioning and the Miraculous in William of Tyre’s Historia Ierosolymitana - Beth C. Spacey
Remembering Jerusalem: Lamenting the Holy City in Occitan Lyric, c. 1187–c. 1300 - Lauren Mulholland
‘Li bons dus de Buillon’: Genre Conventions and the Depiction of Godfrey of Bouillon in the Chanson d’Antioche and the Chanson de Jérusalem - Simon John
The Gran conquista de Ultramar, its Precursors, and the Lords of Saint-Pol - Simon Thomas Parsons
Notes for contributors

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