This volume is a collection of nineteen original essays by leading specialists on the history, historiography and memory of the Crusades, the social and cultural aspects of life in the Latin East, as well as the military orders and inter-religious relations in the Middle Ages. Intended to appeal to scholars and students alike, the volume honours Professor Sophia Menache of the Department of History, University of Haifa, Israel. The contributions reflect the richness of Professor Menache's research interests - medieval communications, the Church and the Papacy in the central and later Middle Ages, the Crusades and the military orders, as well as the memory and historiography of the Crusades.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. An appreciation of Sophia Menache's life and work (Iris Shagrir, B.Z. Kedar and Michel Balard) 2. Introduction to the volume's contents (Malcolm Barber) Part One: The Military Orders 3. Enemies and Blood-Brothers in the Thirteenth-Century Latin East: The Mamluk Sultan Baybars and the Templar Matthew Sauvage (Jochen Burgtorf) 4. The Templars as Peacemongers (Yvonne Friedman) 5. On Hospitaller Initiatives in the Western Mediterranean, 1291-1307 (Karl Borchardt) 6. Othon de Grandson et les templiers d’Épailly (Bourgogne, 1308-1328) (Alain Demurger) 7. Evidence of the Templars' Religious Practice from the Records of the Templars' Estates in Britain and Ireland in 1308 (Helen Nicholson) 8. The Economic, Social and Political Aspects of the Trade of the Teutonic Order in Prussia (Roman Czaja) 9. Written Communication in the later Middle Ages: the letter registers of the Teutonic Knights in Prussia (Jürgen Czarnowsky) Part Two: The Kingdom of Jerusalem 10. Pisa and the Frankish states of the Levant in the twelfth century (David Jacoby) 11. Urban Soundscape: Defining Space and Community in Twelfth-Century Jerusalem (Iris Shagrir) 12. Frankish Bathhouses. Balneum and furnus - a Functional dyad? (B. Z. Kedar) 13. Some Evidence for Poverty in the Latin East (Adrian Boas) 14. A Rough Guide to the Holy Land: Pilgrims' use of the Mount Sion library in the fifteenth century (Susan Edgington) 15. First Officer of the Crown in France and his Legacy in the Latin East: Imbert de Beaujeu. (Vardit Shotten-Hallel) 16. The Genoese Expansion in the Middle Ages (Michel Balard) Part Three: Ideology, Propaganda and Communication 17. The ideology of Christian Expansion in Muslim Iberia: the "Book of Deeds," Bernat Desclot and the Conquest of Majorca. (Luis Garcia-Guijarro Ramos) 18. Thomas Ebendorfer and Crusading Past and Present (Norman Housley) 19. Philip II and Antwerp: The Limits of Representation (Teofilo Ruiz) 20. The Contested Seed of Abraham (Anna Sapir Abulafia) 21. Letters Home: British Crusaders in Flanders, France, Gallipoli and Palestine during World War I (Elizabeth Siberry)
Iris Shagrir is associate professor of Medieval History at the Open University of Israel. Her research focuses on crusade history, religious, cultural history of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, pilgrimage, liturgy in the Latin East and medieval anthroponymy and interreligious relations in the Middle Ages..
Benjamin Z. Kedar is professor emeritus of Medieval History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the founding and active editor of the journal Crusades. Formerly president of the international Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (1995–2002), chairman of the board of the Israel Antiquities Authority (2000–12) and vice-president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2010–15). Author of 40 books and 250 articles.
Michel Balard is professor emeritus of Medieval History, University Paris 1 - Sorbonne, chairman of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (2001-2008), chairman of the Federation of the historical Societies of Paris and Ile-de-France (1999-to-day), author of 43 books and 280 articles.