Preaching the Crusades to the Eastern Mediterranean : Propaganda, Liturgy and Diplomacy, 1305–1352 book cover
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Preaching the Crusades to the Eastern Mediterranean
Propaganda, Liturgy and Diplomacy, 1305–1352

ISBN 9780367592523
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

Preaching was an integral part of the crusade movement. This book focuses on the efforts of the first four Avignon popes to organize crusade preaching campaigns to the Eastern Mediterranean and on the role of the secular and regular clergy in their implementation. Historians have treated the fall of Acre in 1291 as an arbitrary boundary in crusader studies for far too long. The period 1305–1352 was particularly significant for crusade preaching, yet it has not been studied in detail. This volume thus constitutes an important addition to the flourishing field of late medieval crusade historiography. The core of the book deals with two interlocking themes: the liturgy for the Holy Land and the popular response to crusade preaching between the papacies of Clement V and Clement VI. The book analyses the evolving use of the liturgy for the crusade in combination with preaching and it illustrates the catalytic role of these measures in driving popular pro-crusade sentiments. A key theme in the account is the analysis of the surviving crusade sermons of the Parisian theologians from the era. Critical editions of these previously neglected propagandistic texts are a valuable addition to our corpus of papal correspondence relating to the crusades in the later Middle Ages. This book will be of interest both to specialized historians and to students of late medieval crusading.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Chapter 1: Clement V’s and John XXII’s organisation of preaching campaigns and the clergy’s role in their implementation  Chapter 2: Organising and implementing preaching campaigns under Benedict XII and Clement VI  Chapter 3: Preaching the Crusades: Propaganda, liturgy and popular reaction in the early fourteenth century  Chapter 4: University trained clergy and the preaching of the crusade, 1305–1333  Conclusion  Appendix I  Appendix II  Appendix III  Appendix IV  Appendix V  Bibliography

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Constantinos Georgiou earned his PhD from the University of Cyprus (2015). He is currently an A. G. Leventis Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and Archaeology of the same university.


"This is a serious and significant examination of important texts of interest to a range of historians." - Christopher Tyerman, Journal of Eccesiastical History

"Despite the narrow focus that the book’s title may seem to imply, this is a work of prodigious scholarship. Historians interested in many facets of late antique and early medieval religion, culture, and politics will find much of value in Garipzanov’s compelling study." - Celia Chazelle, The College of New Jersey