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
PART 1: PAPAL AND IMPERIAL INFLUENCE
Thomas W. Smith
PART 2: PREACHING AND PROPAGANDA
PART 3: EGYPT AND THE HOLY LAND
Alan V. Murray
Kenneth Scott Parker
E. J. Mylod
PART 4: TEXTUAL TRADITIONS
Ester Dehoux, Amandine Le Roux and Matthieu Rajohnson
PART 5: THE FIFTH CRUSADE IN EUROPE
Pål Berg Svenungsen
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.