254 pages | 14 B/W Illus.
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.
PART I: RISE
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
PART II: FALL
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
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.