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The Fifth Crusade in Context

The Crusading Movement in the Early Thirteenth Century, 1st Edition

Edited by E.J. Mylod, Guy Perry, Thomas W. Smith, Jan Vandeburie


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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.

Table of Contents

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 Critical Discourse
  24. Ester Dehoux, Amandine Le Roux and Matthieu Rajohnson

  25. The Events of the Fifth Crusade According to the Cypriot Chronicle of Amadi
  26. Nicholas Coureas



  27. The Teutonic Knights Order during the Fifth Crusade and its rise in Western Europe: the French Case-Study (1218-58)
  28. Karol Polejowski

  29. Croats and the Fifth Crusade: Did Two Members of the Babonic Noble Family Accompany King Andrew II of Hungary on his Crusade?
  30. Hrvoje Kekez

  31. Norway and the Fifth Crusade: The Crusade Movement on the Outskirts of Europe

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About the Editors

E. J. Mylod earned her PhDfrom 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.

About the Series

Crusades - Subsidia

The series of Subsidia to the journal Crusades is designed to include publications deriving from the conferences held by the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East along with other volumes associated with the society.

The scope of the series parallels that of the journal itself: Crusades covers seven hundred years from the First Crusade (1095-1102) to the fall of Malta (1798) and draws together scholars working on theaters of war, their home fronts and settlements from the Baltic to Africa and from Spain to the Near East and on theology, law, literature, art numismatics and economic, social, political and military history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval