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The Expansion of the Faith
Crusading on the Frontiers of Latin Christendom in the High Middle Ages

P. Srodecki, N. Kersken (eds.)
approx. 352 p., 10 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2022
ISBN: 978-2-503-58880-3
Languages: English, German
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Research on medieval crusades, their historical concepts, their course, and their social and regional range

This volume offers a comparative approach to the crusade movement on the frontiers of Latin Christendom in the High Middle Ages, bringing a regional focus to research on these peripheral phenomena. It features several key questions: Which military campaigns were propagated as crusades on the peripheries of the Christian West? What efforts were made to gain recognition for them as crusades and what effects did these have? What value did the crusade movement have for societies at the fines christianitatis? What role did the cruciatae have in strengthening pan-Western sense of togetherness and solidarity, and what role did they have for creation of a crusader and frontier identity? The nineteen papers, ranging in scope from the southern and eastern Baltic regions to Iberia, Egypt and the Balkans, provide new insights into the ways in which crusade rhetoric was reflected in the culture and literature of countries involved in crusading beyond the Holy Land.

Paul Srodecki

holds a Ph.D. from Gießen University, Germany, and has been working as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Medieval and Eastern European History at various academic institutions, including the Universities of Gießen, Kiel, Germany, and Ostrava, Czechia. He has published several treatises on the bulwark rhetoric and the defensio fidei motif in the Middle Ages and the early modern period, including the book Antemurale Christianitatis: Zur Genese der Bollwerksrhetorik im östlichen Mitteleuropa an der Schwelle vom Mittelalter zur Frühen Neuzeit (2015). He is currently working on a monograph on the main historiographical debates and approaches to the medieval crusading phenomenon.

Norbert Kersken

holds a Ph.D. from the University of Münster with a dissertation on medieval national historiography. He is a teaching and research fellow at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe and the University of Giessen.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
A Note on Names
Paul Srodecki and Norbert Kersken
Preface
Introduction
Paul Srodecki, Crusading on the Periphery in the High Middle Ages: Main Debates, New Approaches

Part I: Adaptation and Rejection
Zdzisaw Pentek, Why Did So Few Crusaders from East Central and Eastern Europe Participate in the Crusades to the Holy Land?
Darius von Güttner-Sporzyski, The Periphery of Europe and the Idea of Crusade: Adaptation and Evolution of Crusader Ideology in Poland under the Piast Dynasty (1100–47)
Neven Budak, Crusades and Crusading in High Medieval Dalmatia and Croatia – Failed, Abused, Imaginary

Part II: Conviction and Violence
Kurt Villads Jensen, Burning of Idols – Mission and Theology around the Baltic Sea
Norbert Kersken, The Crusade Idea in the Areas of the North-Western Slavs around the Time of the Second Crusade
Kristjan Kaljusaar, A North German Prince on a Pilgrimage in Arms: Political Implications of the Livonian Crusade of AlbertI, Duke of Saxony
David Sychra, The Role Played by Bishop Bruno of Olomouc in the Prussian Crusades of the Bohemian King OttokarII Premislas

Part III: Conquest and Expansion
Jens E. Olesen, Die schwedischen Kreuzzüge nach Finnland aus einer Ostsee-Perspektive
Martin Schürrer, Ein ‘folgenloser’ Kreuzzug mit gravierenden Auswirkungen: Die Herrschaftsbereiche Graf AdolfsII.von Schauenburgund des Abodritenfürsten Niklotnach dem Wendenkreuzzug von 1147
Oliver Auge, The Conquest of the Island of Rugia, 1168/1169: A Danish Crusade?
Luis García-Guijarro, The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212) in the Context of Ibero-Christian Conquests in al-Andalus: Myths and Models

Part IV: Catholicism and Orthodoxy
Nikolaos G. Chrissis, Tearing Christ’s Seamless Tunic? The ‘Eastern Schism’ and Crusades against the Greeksin the Thirteenth Century
Anti Selart, Between Schism and Union: Rus Adversaries and Allies of the Crusaders in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries

Part V: Legitimation and Propaganda
Eric Böhme, Legitimising the Conquest of Egypt: The Frankish Campaign of1163 Revisited
Nora Berend, Centrality of the Periphery in Crusade Rhetoric: The Afterlife of the Crusade of AndrewII of Hungary and Croatia-Dalmatia
Robert Antonín, The Rhetoric of the Crusades and Anti-Paganism in the Political Propaganda of Ottokar II Premislas of Bohemia
Paul Srodecki, Fighting the ‘Eastern Plague’: Anti-Mongol Crusade Ventures in the Thirteenth Century

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

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