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Remembering the Crusades and Crusading

1st Edition

Edited by Megan Cassidy-Welch


252 pages

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Remembering the Crusades and Crusading examines the diverse contexts in which crusading was memorialised and commemorated in the medieval world and beyond. The collection not only shows how the crusades were commemorated in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but also considers the longer-term remembrance of the crusades into the modern era.

This collection is divided into three sections, the first of which deals with the textual, material and visual sources used to remember. Each contributor introduces a particular body of source material and presents case studies using those sources in their own research. The second section contains four chapters examining specific communities active in commemorating the crusades, including religious communities, family groups and royal courts. Finally, the third section examines the cultural memory of crusading in the Byzantine, Iberian and Baltic regions beyond the early years, as well as the trajectory of crusading memory in the Muslim Middle East.

This book draws together and extends the current debates in the history of the crusades and the history of memory and in so doing offers a fresh synthesis of material in both fields. It will be essential reading for students of the crusades and memory.


"This intensely tight-knit collection will find a place on any crusade historian’s shelf. It’s tremendously wide-ranging and will immediately become the jumping off point for all sorts of future research, not just on crusading but on any aspect of the later Middle Ages. Remembering the holy war was just as important to the movement of history as the holy war itself."

— Matthew Gabriele, Virginia Tech, USA

"Remembering the Crusades and Crusading demonstrates to both students and scholars how the application of theories about materiality and cultural memory to medieval sources has illuminated our understanding of how and why the Crusades were remembered in the Middle Ages and beyond. At a time when the Crusades have re-entered our public discourse, this book could not be timelier."

—Kimberly Rivers, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA.

"Overall, this book has much to its credit… there are several chapters which should serve as the ideal starting point for anyone looking to explore issues of crusading memory, and which provide important correctives and addendums to traditional ideas or avenues of scholarship. Given the impressive bibliographical data also available for each chapter, this should be a must for scholars of crusading memory, as well as university libraries and teachers of the crusades."

— Andrew Buck, Queen Mary University of London, Medievally Speaking

Table of Contents


1. Remembering in the time of the crusades

Megan Cassidy-Welch

Sources of memory

2. Preaching and crusade memory

Jessalynn Bird

3. The liturgical memory of 15 July 1099: between history, memory and eschatology

M. Cecilia Gaposchkin

4. Crusades, Memory and Visual Culture: Representations of the Miracle of Intervention of Saints in Battle

Elizabeth Lapina

5. Remembrance of Things Past: Memory and Material Objects in the Time of the Crusades, 1095-1291

Anne E. Lester

6. Historical writing

Darius von Güttner-Sporzyński

7. "Perpetuel Memorye": Remembering History in the Crusading Romance

Lee Manion

Communities of memory

8. Monastic memories of the early crusading movement

Katherine Allen Smith

9. Royal memory

James Naus and Vincent Ryan

10. Jewish Memory and the Crusades: The Hebrew Crusade Chronicles and Protection from Christian violence

Rebecca Rist

11. Family memory and the crusades

Nicholas Paul and Jochen Schenk

Cultural memory

12. ‘A blow sent by God’: Changing Byzantine memories of the Crusades

Jonathan Harris

13. Living and remembering the crusades and the Reconquista: Iberia, 11th-13th Centuries

Ana Rodriguez

14. The Muslim Memory of the Crusades

Alex Mallett

15. Appropriating history: Remembering the crusades in Latvia and Estonia

Carsten Selch Jensen


About the Editor

Megan Cassidy-Welch is an Associate Professor of medieval history at Monash University. She is author of Monastic Spaces and their Meanings (2001) and Imprisonment in the Medieval Religious Imagination (2011).

About the Series

Remembering the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds

Remembering the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds looks at Remembering the medieval and early modern periods. These edited collections draw together the latest scholarship on memory of the chosen topic or period.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Medieval