Crusading and Warfare in Medieval and Renaissance Europe: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Crusading and Warfare in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

1st Edition

By Norman Housley


362 pages

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Hardback: 9780860788430
pub: 2001-07-09

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These studies span the period from the origins of the crusading movement in the 11th century until its final active phase during the Renaissance. Some of the articles spring from Norman Housley’s work on crusading against Christian heretics, mercenary companies and lay powers which were involved in conflict with the Church. Others reflect his interest in the way crusading developed after the fall of the Holy Land to the Muslims in 1291. A third group looks at other forms taken by religious warfare in Europe during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Certain themes recur throughout. One is the variety of ways in which war in God’s name was portrayed and justified. Another is the conflict of interest brought about by the diversity of crusading in the period from c.1200 onwards. Above all, the author shows the complexity, longevity and significance of a movement whose impact on medieval society was massive and whose repercussions were profound.


'… most highly recommended to scholars with an interest in the ideology and practice of crusading from its inception to the later Middle Ages and Renaissance… every serious scholar of ideology and practice of crusading will delight in something of abiding value.' De Re Militari 'What is impressive about this collection is the consistently high standard of scholarly endeavour and originality which should do much to revive interest in this otherwise neglected area of crusade studies… All-in-all this volume stands as a fitting tribute to Housley scholarship and is a welcome addition to the series.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; General Themes: Crusades against Christians: their origins and early development, c. 1000-1216; Politics and heresy in Italy: anti-heretical crusades, orders and confraternities, 1200-1500; The eschatological imperative: Messianism and holy war in Europe, 1260-1556; I registri angioini ricostruiti e le crociate; Frontier societies and crusading in the late Middle Ages; Cyprus and the crusades, 1291-1571; France, England and the "national crusade", 1302-1386; Insurrection as religious war, 1400-1536; Specific Themes: Jerusalem and the development of the crusade idea, 1099-1128; Charles II of Naples and the kingdom of Jerusalem; Pope Clement V and the crusades of 1309-10; The Franco-papal crusade negotiations of 1322-3; Angevin Naples and the defence of the Latin east: Robert the Wise and the naval league of 1334; King Louis the Great of Hungary and the crusades, 1342-1382; The mercenary companies, the papacy and the crusades, 1356-1378; Le maréchal Boucicaut à Nicopolis; Crusading as social revolt: the Hungarian peasant uprising of 1514; A necessary evil? Erasmus, the crusade, and war against the Turks; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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