Liturgy in the Struggle to Liberate Jerusalem in the Late Middle Ages
XX+424 p., 7 b/w ill. + 12 colour ill., 1 b/w line art, 160 x 245 mm, 2003
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«This monograph opens up a new and hitherto completely unexplored type of primary source material for the study of the Crusades: crusading liturgical texts»
«Amon Linder has written a remarkable book, one of those rare volumes that appear every few decades and effectively open up a completely new field of research» (N. Housley in Speculum, 80 (2005), p. 625).
"Overall this is that rare thing - the revelation of a new body of source material. But Linder has not stopped at mere revelation: his exploration and analysis are remarkable. This is a truly important book which will be of value to generations of historians, and not merely historians of the crusades." (J. France, in: The Medieval Review, 04.02.44)
"die intensiv aus der Arbeit mit den zahlreichen Quellen schöpfende Studie, ergänzt um ein Registere der Handschriften, Incipits, Namen und Sachen, macht mit einer bisher wenig beachteten und in vielerlei Hinsicht unrühmlichen Praxis der mittelalterlichen Liturgie bekannt." (Jürgen Bärsch, in: Archiv für Liturgiewissenschaft, Jahrgang 52. 2010, Heft 1/2, p. 248-249)
Europe's commitment to the Holy Land
and to the crusade was created and shaped through several modes of
action, liturgy among them. Rites articulated the collective
undertaking of thinking the idea of Jerusalem and experiencing it
emotionally, they energized the faithful to raise armies and provide
them with the sinews of war, accompanied the crusaders into battle,
sung their victories, and lamented their defeats. And rites functioned
as effective channels of information and propaganda, for knowledge
imparted in church was endorsed with the stamp of ecclesiastical
authority and received with due deference by a Christian society.
Liturgy runs, therefore, throughout the entire history of the Jerusalem
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This monograph opens up a new and hitherto completely unexplored type
of primary source material for the study of the Crusades: crusading
liturgical texts. For the first time, evidence is offered of liturgical
practices that heralded and prepared the way for the First Crusade, as
well as those that celebrated its victory and the liturgical practices
that were devised after the defeat of Hattin in 1187. The first part of
this study presents a critical edition, based on the vast number of
extant manuscripts, with textual variants, reflecting the evolution of
given liturgical practices in various places and times. For liturgical
ritual offered the best framework for educating and forming the minds
of the faithful. The second part analyses the ideological content of
the crusading liturgy, and the different roles played by the large
cultural-political regions (England, France, Germany) and certain
religious and political institutions (papacy, monastic orders and
states). The opening chapters therefore deal with the Clamor pro Terra
Sancta and the Missa pro Terra Sancta (and related liturgies, the Missa
contra paganos and Missa contra Turchos), while the latter chapters
deal with the 'Festivitas liberationis Hierusalem'.