Engaging the Crusades is a series of volumes which offer windows into a newly emerging field of historical study: the memory and legacy of the crusades. Together these volumes examine the reasons behind the enduring resonance of the crusades and present the memory of crusading in the modern period as a productive, exciting and much needed area of investigation.
Perceptions of the Crusades from the Ninetenth to the Twenty-First Century explores the ways in which the crusades have been used in the last two centuries, including the varying deployment of crusading rhetoric and imagery in both the East and the West. It considers the scope and impact of crusading memory from the nineteenth and into the twentieth century, engaging with nineteenth-century British lending libraries, literary uses of crusading tales, wartime postcard propaganda, memories of Saladin and crusades in the Near East and the works of modern crusade historians.
Demonstrating the breadth of material encompassed by this subject and offering methodological suggestions for continuing its progress, Perceptions of the Crusades from the Ninetenth to the Twenty-First Century is essential reading for modern historians, military historians and historians of memory and medievalism.
Introduction: engaging the crusades
Jonathan Phillips and Mike Horswell
1) The crusades: nineteenth-century readers' perspectives
2) Creating chivalrous imperial crusaders: the crusades in juvenile literature from Scott to Newbolt, 1825–1917
3) ‘May God punish England!’: pseudo-crusading language and Holy War motifs in postcards of the First World War
4) ‘Unity! Unity between all the inhabitants of our lands!’: the memory and legacy of the crusades and Saladin in the Near East, c.1880 to c.1925
5) The dead, the revived and the recreated pasts: ‘structural amnesia’ in representations of crusade history
Engaging the Crusades is a series of concise volumes (up to 50,000 words) which offer initial windows into the ways in which the crusades have been used in the last two centuries; demonstrating that the memory of the crusades is an important and emerging subject. Together these studies suggest that the memory of the crusades, in the modern period, is a productive, exciting and much needed area of investigation.