The crusades, whether realized or merely planned, had a profound impact on medieval and early modern societies. Numerous scholars in the fields of history and literature have explored the influence of crusading ideas, values, aspirations and anxieties in both the Latin States and Europe. However, there have been few studies dedicated to investigating how the crusading movement influenced and was reflected in medieval visual cultures. Written by scholars from around the world working in the domains of art history and history, the essays in this volume examine the ways in which ideas of crusading were realized in a broad variety of media (including manuscripts, cartography, sculpture, mural paintings, and metalwork). Arguing implicitly for recognition of the conceptual frameworks of crusades that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, the volume explores the pervasive influence and diverse expression of the crusading movement from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries.
Elizabeth Lapina received a PhD in History from the Johns Hopkins University and is now Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. April Jehan Morris received a PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and is now Assistant Professor of Art History at Hood College, USA. Susanna A. Throop received a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and is now Associate Professor of History at Ursinus College, USA. Laura J. Whatley received a PhD in Art History from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is now Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University at Montgomery, USA.