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Crusading and Trading between West and East

Studies in Honour of David Jacoby, 1st Edition

Edited by Sophia Menache, Benjamin Z. Kedar, Michel Balard


368 pages

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For almost sixty years Professor David Jacoby devoted his research to the economic, social and cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean and this new collection reflects his impact on the study of the interactions between the Italian city-states, Byzantium, the Latin East and the realm of Islam. Contributors to this volume are prominent scholars from across Medieval Studies and leading historians of the younger generation.

Table of Contents


  1. David Jacoby: An Appreciation
  2. David Jacoby: List of Publications
  3. The Contributors

1. The Crusades and the Latin East

1. Benjamin Z. Kedar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Use of Paper in the Frankish Levant: A Comparative Study.

2. Michael Angold, University of Edinburgh

Thomas Morosini, First Latin Patriarch of Constantinople (1205-1211): A Re-Appraisal.

3. Hans Eberhard Mayer, University of Kiel

Eine Bleibulle Tankreds von Antiochia?

4. Peter Edbury, University of Cardiff

The Lyon Eracles re-visited.

5 Denys Pringle, University of Cardiff and Rabei Khamisy, University of Haifa

Richard of Cornwall’s Treaty with Egypt, 1241.

6. Guillaume Saint Guillain, University of Picardy

The Redemption of Philip of Courtenay, Heir of the Empire of Romania (1259).

7. Damien Coulon, Université de Strasbourg

Une phase décisive d’intenses tractations diplomatiques entre sultanat mamlûk et puissances occidentales (couronne d’Aragon, républiques de Gênes et de Venise) 687/1288 – 692/1293.

8. Vardit Shotten-Hallel, Israeli Antiquities Authority

The Architectural language of the Hospitaller Church of St. John, Acre, and its Historical Context.

9 Michel Balard, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

New documents on Genoese Famagusta.


10. Anthony Luttrell, University of London, and Karl Borchardt, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Münich

The Latin Will of a Jewish Burgensis of Rhodes, 1448.


2. Venice and the Byzantine World


11. Jean Claude Cheynet, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Les derniers sceaux de plomb commerciaires byzantins.

12. Gherardo Ortalli,

Venice: Money for the Salvation of One’s Soul and the Solace of One’s Subjects. The Donation made by Pietro II Orseolo in 1007.

13. Peter Schreiner, University of Cologne

Kaviar am Hochzeitsbankett: Die Vermählung der Agnes-Anna von Frankreich mit Alexios II. Komnenos (1180) und das Prodromos-Petra-Kloster in Konstantinopel.

14. Thomas Tanase, CNRS

In the heart of Asia: Marco Polo, from Venice to Tibet.


15. Chryssa Maltezou, University of Athens

Remarks on the Settlement of Peasants from Patmos in Venetian Crete.

16. Benjamin Arbel, University of Tel Aviv

Independent Women in Candia’s Giudecca: The Testaments of the Two Eleas.

3. Medieval Trade


17. Jonathan Shepard, University of Cambridge

North-South, not Just East-West? An Understated Nexus of Byzantium before and during the Crusading Era?

18. Sergei Karpov, Moscow State University

What is a ciguda/ciguta? On the Venetian Navigation in the Azov Sea in the Fourteenth-Fifteenth Centuries.

19. Lisa Monnas, Independent Scholar

"Gold of Cyprus" and Other Gold Threads in Late Medieval England, 1300−1450.


20. Georg Christ, University of Manchester

Sabatino Russo, a Jewish Merchant of Lecce: Challenges of Transregional Interfaith Joint Ventures around 1400.


4. Medieval Silk

21. Orit Shamir and Alisa Baginski, Israel Antiquities Authority

Medieval Silk Textiles from Excavations in the Land of Israel.

22. Anthony Cutler, Penn State University

Silk from the Sea: Byssos, Ṣūf, Sea Wool.

23. Sophie Desrosiers, EHESS-CRH, Paris

Sendal-cendal-zendado. The Silk Cloth woven in the Development of the Silk Industry in Italy )12th- 15th Centuries).

24. Alan Stahl, Princeton University

Where the Silk Road Met the Wool Trade: Venetian and Muslim Merchants in Tana in the Late Middle Ages.

About the Editors

Sophia Menache is Professor Emerita at the University of Haifa. She has studied the history of the Military Orders with special emphasis on the Knights Templar and the communication aspects of the crusades. She also published three books on medieval communication, propaganda and stereotypes, and many articles on the interrelationship between humankind and pets, especially dogs, from the ancient period up to the end of the Middle Ages. She served as secretary of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East between the years 2002–2009.

Benjamin Z. Kedar is Professor Emeritus of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the founding editor of Crusades and former President of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (1995–2002). He also studies comparative and world history: most recently, he co-edited Volume 5 of The Cambridge World History.

Michel Balard is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Agrégé d'histoire, late member of the French School at Rome (1965–1968). Maître de conférences at the University of Paris 1 (1968–1976), Docteur ès-lettres (1976), Professor at the University of Reims (1976–1988), at the University Paris 12 Val-de-Marne (1988–1991), at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne (1991–2004), and former President of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (2002–2009).

About the Series

Crusades - Subsidia

The series of Subsidia to the journal Crusades is designed to include publications deriving from the conferences held by the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East along with other volumes associated with the society.

The scope of the series parallels that of the journal itself: Crusades covers seven hundred years from the First Crusade (1095-1102) to the fall of Malta (1798) and draws together scholars working on theaters of war, their home fronts and settlements from the Baltic to Africa and from Spain to the Near East and on theology, law, literature, art numismatics and economic, social, political and military history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Middle East / Turkey & Ottoman Empire