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Crusading Europe
Essays in Honour of Christopher Tyerman

G. Lippiatt, J. Bird (eds.)
approx. XII+313 p., 1 colour ill., 4 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-57996-2
Languages: English
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A volume of essays exploring the European motivations, practicalities, and legacies of the crusades with essays by leading medieval historians evaluating and extending the life-long work of Christopher Tyerman, who has emphasized the study of the influence of crusading on all aspects of life in medieval and early modern Europe.

Christopher Tyerman was born in 1953 and educated at Harrow and New College, Oxford. He took a First Class degree from the latter in 1974, before completing his D.Phil. under the supervision of Lionel Butler in 1981. The same year, he was awarded the Alexander Prize by the Royal Historical Society for his article on Marino Sanudo the Elder and the promotion of crusading in the fourteenth century. While working on his doctorate, he served as a lecturer at the University of York and a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen’s College, Oxford. Following his fellowship at Queen’s, he was awarded the Murray Senior Fellowship at Exeter College, and his catholic service to the University encompassed teaching at New, St Hilda’s, and Hertford. At the same time, he returned to Harrow, becoming Senior Tutor in History and writing the comprehensive A History of Harrow School (2000). He was elected a fellow of Hertford College in 2006 and appointed Professor of the History of the Crusades in 2015. He has written extensively on the crusades with particular emphasis on their place in the wider context of medieval history, including The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction (2005), The Debate on the Crusades (2011), How to Plan a Crusade (2015), and the magisterial and much-translated God’s War (2006).

The image of the crusades often connotes exoticism and foreign adventuring. However, the underlying motivations, daily practicalities, and lasting impact of the crusades on their European birthplace are equally important. How did European anxieties, prejudices, and priorities propel the crusading movement? How did crusaders understand and manage the particularly European geographical, legal, and financial dimensions of their campaigns? How did the crusades mark medieval European architecture, spirituality, and literature? This volume not only engages these provocative questions but also serves as a monument to the career of Christopher Tyerman, who has done so much to integrate European and global crusading history. The collection of essays gathered here by leading crusade historians, Tyerman’s friends and former students, furthers study of the crusades within their European context, highlighting intriguing new directions for teaching and researching the crusades and their impact.

G. E. M. Lippiatt is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of East Anglia. He has published a monograph on Simon of Montfort and studies baronial government in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, particularly in connexion with the crusades and Christian reform.

Jessalynn L. Bird is an Assistant Professor in Humanistic Studies at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. She has co-authored a sourcebook for the crusades with Edward Peters and the late James Powell and has written numerous articles on the activities of members of Peter the Chanter’s circle.

Table of Contents

‘Introduction’, by G.E.M. Lippiatt and Jessalynn Bird

‘CJT: An Appreciation’, by Toby Barnard (Hertford College, University of Oxford)

Crusading Attitudes

‘Cutting the Gordian Knot: Urban II and the Council of Clermont’, by John France (Swansea University)
‘The Foreskins of Christ and Antichrist: Latin Christian Interpretations of Circumcision during the Crusades’, by Kevin J. Lewis (Independent Scholar)
‘Conrad versus Saladin: The Siege of Tyre, November-December 1187’, by Peter Edbury (Cardiff University)
‘Worse than All the Infidels: The Albigensian Crusade and the Continuing Call of the East’, by G.E.M. Lippiatt (University of East Anglia)

Crusading Realities

‘The Hinge of the Mediterranean: Hafsif Ifriqiya and Louis IX’s Crusade to Tunis in 1270’, by Guy Perry (St Peter’s College, University of Oxford)
‘How to Implement a Crusade Plan: Saint-Victor and Saint-Jean-des-Vignes of Soissons and the Defense of Crusaders’ Rights’, by Jessalynn Bird (St Mary’s College)
‘The Templars’ Estates in England and Wales in the Light of the Surveys and Accounts (1308-1313) preserved in the National Archives of the United Kingdom’, by Helen Nicholson (Cardiff University)
‘Opus Caritativum: Crowdfunding the Later Crusades - The English Evidence’, by Timothy Guard (Rugby School)

Crusading Legacies

‘Dante’s Crusading Ancestor and the Authority of a Sacred Poem (1147-1321)’, by Edward Peters (University of Pennsylvania)
‘Pirenne, Muhammad, and Bohemond: Before Orientalism’, Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford)
‘"Corruent nobiles!": Prophecy and Parody in Burton Abbey's Flying Circus’, by Nicholas Vincent (University of East Anglia)

Bibliography of Christopher Tyerman

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Crusades

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