1st Edition

The Fifth Crusade in Context The Crusading Movement in the Early Thirteenth Century

Edited By E.J. Mylod, Guy Perry, Thomas Smith, Jan Vandeburie Copyright 2017
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Fifth Crusade represented a cardinal event in early thirteenth-century history, occurring during what was probably the most intensive period of crusading in both Europe and the Holy Land. Following the controversial outcome of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, and the decrees of the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215, Pope Innocent III's reform agenda was set to give momentum to a new crusading effort. Despite the untimely death of Innocent III in 1216, the elaborate organisation and firm crusading framework made it possible for Pope Honorius III to launch and oversee the expedition. The Fifth Crusade marked the last time that a medieval pope would succeed in mounting a full-scale, genuinely international crusade for the recovery of the Holy Land, yet, despite its significance, it has largely been neglected in the historiography. The crusade was much more than just a military campaign, and the present book locates it in the contemporary context for the first time. The Fifth Crusade in Context is of crucial importance not only to better understand the organization and execution of the expedition itself, but also to appreciate its place in the longer history of crusading, as well as the significance of its impact on the medieval world.

    List of Maps, Figures, Tables

    List of Contributors

    Foreword (Bernard Hamilton)


    List of Abbreviations


    1. The Historiography of the Fifth Crusade

    2. Jan Vandeburie



    3. The Role of Pope Honorius III in the Fifth Crusade

    4. Thomas W. Smith

    5. « Totius populi Christiani negotium » : The Crusading Conception of Pope Honorius III, 1216–1221

    6. Pierre-Vincent Claverie

    7. From King John of Jerusalem to the Emperor-elect Frederick II: a Neglected Letter from the Fifth Crusade

    8. Guy Perry



    9. The Impact of Prester John on the Fifth Crusade

    10. Bernard Hamilton

    11. The Fifth Crusade and the Conversion of the Muslims

    12. Barbara Bombi

    13. Crusade and Reform: The Sermons of Bibliothèque Nationale, nouv. acq. lat. 999

    14. Jessalynn Bird



    15. The Place of Egypt in the Military Strategy of the Crusades, 1099-1221

    16. Alan V. Murray

    17. The Indigenous Christians of Ayyubid Egypt at the Time of the Fifth Crusade

    18. Kenneth Scott Parker

    19. Pilgrimage, the Holy Land and the Fifth Crusade

    20. E. J. Mylod



    21. Ernoul, Eracles and the Fifth Crusade

    22. Peter Edbury

    23. « Rome, vos estes refroidie d’aidier la terre de Surie »: Originality and Reception of Huon of Saint-Quentin’s


    E. J. Mylod earned her PhD from the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds in 2014.

    Guy Perry is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Leeds.

    Thomas W. Smith is Assistant Professor in Medieval History at Trinity College, Dublin.

    Jan Vandeburie is currently a Leverhulme Abroad postdoctoral fellow at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome.