In the thirty-five years since B.Z. Kedar published the first of his many studies on the crusades, he has become a leading historian of this field, and of medieval and Middle Eastern history more broadly. His work has been groundbreaking, uncovering new evidence and developing new research tools and methods of analysis with which to study the life of Latins and non-Latins in both the medieval West and the Frankish East. From the Israeli perspective, Kedar's work forms a important part of the historical and cultural heritage of the country. This volume presents 31 essays written by eminent medievalists in his honour. They reflect his methods and diversity of interest. The collection, outstanding in both quality and range of topics, covers the Latin East and relations between West and East in the time of the crusades. The individual essays deal with the history, archaeology and art of the Holy Land, the crusades and the military orders, Islam, historiography, Mediterranean commerce, medieval ideas and literature, and the Jews Given Benjamin Kedar's close involvement with the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East and his years as its President, and his work to establish the journal Crusades, it is fitting that this volume should appear as the first in a series of Subsidia to the journal. For information about the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, see the society's website: www.sscle.org.
Contents: Introduction; Benjamin Z. Kedar: list of publications; The Holy Land, Archaeology and Iconography: De plaga que facta est in Hierusalem eo quod dominicum Deum non custodiebant: history into fable?, Amnon Linder; Gestures of conciliation: peacemaking endeavors on the Latin East, Yvonne Friedman; The medieval evolution of by-naming: notions from the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, Iris Shagrir; Islamic preaching in Syria during the Counter-Crusade (12th-13th centuries), Daniella Talmon-Heller; 3 stages in the evolution of rural settlement in the Kingdom of Jerusalem during the 12th century, Adrian J. Boas; Frankish castles, Muslim castles and the medieval citadel of Jerusalem, Ronnie Ellenblum; Dialogo di due intellettuali intorno a Gerusalemme (sec. XIII ex), Gabriella Airaldi; Mongol provincial administration: Syria in 1260 as a case study, Reuven Amitai; A new text of the Annales de Terre Sainte, Peter W. Edbury; An icon of the Crucifixion and the Nativity at Sinai; investigating the pictorial language of its ornamental vocabulary: chrysography, pearl-dot haloes and Ã§intemani, Jaroslav Folda;A deposit of 12th-century medieval seals at Caesaea: evidence of the cathedral archive of St Peter, Robert Kool; Notes on some inscriptions from crusader Acre, Denys Pringle; Acre au regard d'Aigues-Mortes, Jean Richard; Sharing sacred space: holy places in Jerusalem between Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Ora Limor; Der Prophet und sein Vaterland. Leben und Nachleben von Reinhold RÃ¶hricht, Hans Eberhard Mayer. Mentality, Law, Jews and World History: Naming pains: physicians facing sensations, Esther Cohen; Did all the land belong to the king?, Susan Reynolds; Medieval treasure troves and Jews, Michael Toch; Comparative history and world history: contrasts and contacts, Diego Olstein. The Crusades, The Military Orders and Commerce: Pope John X (914-928) and the antecedents of the 1st Crusade, Bernard Hamilton; Papal war aims in 1096: the option not chosen, Bernard
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.