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.
Crusading was a part of the rich tapestry of family history, with tales of crusading developed as evidence of heroic endeavour to enhance family prestige. Lists of crusaders were published to satisfy this market and heraldry was a visible means of displaying such lineage. Drawing on extensive research and previously untapped sources, this book charts continuing British interest in the crusades, focusing on the nineteenth century. The volume discusses what was available to read on the subject and how this was discussed in numerous journals. Set in the British context of growing local and regional interest in history and archaeology, the study also considers the physical artefacts associated with the crusades.
Tales of the Crusaders – Remembering the Crusades in Britain is the ideal resource for students and scholars of the history of memory and crusades history in a British context.
Table of Contents
1. Reading about the Crusades 2. Finding Crusaders – Physical Monuments and Discoveries 3. Crusading Pedigrees 4. The Heraldic Crusader 5. The Absent and Returning Crusader
Elizabeth Siberry is the author of The New Crusaders (2000) and a range of articles about the way in which the crusades and crusaders have been remembered, particularly in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Britain.