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Communicating the Middle Ages
Essays in Honour of Sophia Menache

ISBN 9781138068193
Published July 2, 2018 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

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


List of Figures

List of Contributors

Sophia Menache: An appreciation

Iris Shagrir, Benjamin Z. Kedar and Michel Balard


Malcolm Barber

Sophia Menache: List of Publications

List of abbreviations

I - The Military Orders

  1. "Blood-Brothers" in the Thirteenth-Century Latin East? The Mamluk Sultan Baybars and the Templar Matthew Sauvage
  2. Jochen Burgtorf, California State University, Fullerton

  3. The Templars as Peacemongers
  4. Yvonne Friedman, Bar Ilan University

  5. On Hospitaller Initiatives in the Western Mediterranean, 1291-1307
  6. Karl Borchardt, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Munich

  7. Othon de Grandson et les Templiers d’Épailly
  8. Alain Demurger, Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

  9. Evidence of the Templars’ Religious Practice from the Records of the Templars’ Estates in Britain and Ireland in 1308
  10. Helen J. Nicholson, University of Cardiff

  11. Economic, Social and Political Aspects of the Trade of the Teutonic Order in Prussia
  12. Roman Czaja, Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń

  13. Written Communication in the Later Middle Ages – The Letter Registers of the Teutonic Knights in Prussia.
  14. Jürgen Sarnowsky, University of Hamburg


    II - The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Latin East

  15. Pisa and the Frankish States of the Levant in the Twelfth Century
  16. David Jacoby, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  17. Urban Soundscape: Defining Space and Community in Twelfth-Century Jerusalem
  18. Iris Shagrir, The Open University of Israel

  19. Frankish Bathhouses. Balneum and furnus – A Functional dyad?
  20. Benjamin Z. Kedar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  21. Some Evidence for Poverty in the Latin East
  22. Adrian J. Boas , University of Haifa

  23. A Rough Guide to the Holy Land: Pilgrims' Use of the Mount Zion Library in the Fifteenth Century
  24. Susan B. Edgington, Queen Mary University of London

  25. First Officer of the Crown of France and his Legacy in the Latin East: Imbert de Beaujeu
  26. Vardit Shotten-Hallel, Israel Antiquities Authority, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  27. The Genoese Expansion in the Middle Ages
  28. Michel Balard, Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne


    III – Ideology, Propaganda and Communication

  29. The Ideology of Christian Expansion in Muslim Iberia: The "Book of Deeds," Bernat Desclot and the Conquest of Majorca
  30. Luis Garcia-Guijarro Ramos, University of Zaragoza

  31. Thomas Ebendorfer and Crusading Past and Present
  32. Norman Housley, University of Leicester

  33. Philip II and Antwerp: The Limits of Representation
  34. Teófilo F. Ruiz, University of California, Los Angeles

  35. The Contested Seed of Abraham
  36. Anna Sapir Abulafia, The University of Oxford

  37. Letters Home: British Crusaders in Flanders, France, Gallipoli and Palestine during World War I

Elizabeth Siberry, Independent scholar, UK


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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.