This is the first comprehensive study of the use, abuse and development of the crusade image in popular and high culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Drawing upon a diverse range of sources, mainly from the British Isles, but with parallels from Western Europe and North America, the author shows the different approaches to the history of the crusading movement and crusade images taken by the historian, composer, artist and author.
'…informative, useful and often entertaining study…' English Historical Review '… will prove useful both to graduate students and advanced researchers… Siberry touches virtually every current of thought and emotion… Elizabeth Siberry deserves credit… a treasure-house of crusade memorabilia.' Crusades
Contents: Introduction; Crusade historiography; The Crusade ancestor and hero; Travellers and plenipotentiaries; Crusading warfare; First world war; A Crusade miscellany; Scott and the Crusades; Literature and the Crusades; Popular historical fiction and tales for children; Art and the Crusades; Music and the Crusades; Conclusion; Appendix A: Wiffen’s list of English Crusaders; Appendix B: Sir William Hillary’s Crusade pamphlet; Appendix C: List of works in the Salles des Croisades at Versailles; Select bibliography; Index.
The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series, the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global. Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies. The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies.