The Wendish Crusade, 1147: The Development of Crusading Ideology in the Twelfth Century, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Wendish Crusade, 1147

The Development of Crusading Ideology in the Twelfth Century, 1st Edition

By Mihai Dragnea


88 pages

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The Wendish Crusade of 1147, one of the Northern Crusades and a part of the Second Crusade, took place at a critical phase in the evolution of crusading rhetoric. The initiators and apologists of the campaign employed rhetorical devices to justify the occupation of a region and conversion of a population under the auspices of a crusade. A detailed examination of the primary sources shows that the justification of a crusade against apostates was not only a German endeavour, or the pope’s will, but a political reality of the twelfth century. Therefore, the attitude of the papacy is shown to be reactive rather than proactive.

Table of Contents


List of abbreviations


Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five



About the Author

Mihai Dragnea completed his doctoral research at the Romanian Academy ('Nicolae Iorga' Institute of History). The thesis entitled Mission and Crusade in the Wendish Territory, 12th Century was published in Romanian in 2019. His research interests include the relations between Germans and Wends during the High Middle Ages, with a focus on crusading and conversion. He is the current President of the Balkan History Association.

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