The Rise and Fall of British Crusader Medievalism, c.1825–1945: 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Rise and Fall of British Crusader Medievalism, c.1825–1945

1st Edition

By Mike Horswell


254 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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This book investigates the uses of crusader medievalism – the memory of the crusades and crusading rhetoric and imagery – in Britain, from Walter Scott’s The Talisman (1825) to the end of the Second World War. It seeks to understand why and when the crusades and crusading were popular, how they fitted with other cultural trends of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, how their use was affected by the turmoil of the First World War and whether they were differently employed in the interwar years and in the 1939-45 conflict. Building on existing studies and contributing the fruits of fresh research, it brings together examples of the uses of the crusades from disparate contexts and integrates them into the story of the rise and fall crusader medievalism in Britain.

Table of Contents



1. The Victorian Foundations of British Crusader Medievalism

2. ‘We Hope Every Crusader will Grow Up an Accomplished Christian Gentleman’: Young Crusaders

3. Gospel Crusaders


4. ‘My Dream Comes True’: Crusading in the Great War

5. Interwar Crusading

6. A Deep Engagement with Crusadery: ‘The Tenth Crusade’ of The Most Noble Order of Crusaders (est. 1921)

7. ‘A Crusade Which Lacks a Cross’?: Crusader Medievalism and the Second World War

Conclusions: Rise and Fall

About the Author

Mike Horswell completed his PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2017 under Professor Jonathan Phillips. He is the author of several articles and chapters on the memory of the crusades in the modern era and has and enduring interest in the ways in which the past is used, reinvented and redeployed.

About the Series

Advances in Crusades Research

Advances in Crusades Research provides a forum for specialist scholars working on crusading and its ideology wherever crusading had an historical impact. The chronological scope of the series is broad, extending into the twenty-first century, but the focus remains on crusade as an historical field of enquiry rather than a political one relating explicitly to the modern day. The series welcomes and actively seeks monograph proposals from scholars in all fields and disciplines related to crusade historiography, history and areas of conflict/settlement from differing social, economic, ideological, military, cultural and material perspectives. Contributions from Islamic, Jewish, Eastern Christian or any other relevant perspectives are welcomed, as are cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches. Preference will be given to proposals employing new methodologies and exploring new subject areas.

For more information about contributing to the series please contact the series editor, Natasha Hodgson ([email protected]) or Michael Greenwood at Routledge ([email protected])

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Social History
HISTORY / Middle East / Turkey & Ottoman Empire