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The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the Crusades

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  • Editor: Anthony Bale, Birkbeck College, University of London
Elizabeth Lapina, Marianne Ailes, Linda Paterson, Connor Wilson, Helen Nicholson, Anthony Bale, Uri Zvi Shachar, Suzanne Yeager, Lynn Ramey, Matthew Mesley, Christine Chism, Julian Weiss, Anne Latowsky, Robert Rouse, Lee Manion, Louise D'Arcens.
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  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108464864

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  • How were the Crusades, and the crusaders, narrated, described, and romanticised by the various communities that experienced or remembered them? This Companion provides a critical overview of the diverse and multilingual literary output connected with crusading over the last millennium, from the first writings which sought to understand and report on what was happening, to contemporary medievalism, in which crusading is a potent image of holy war and jihad. The chapters show the enduring legacy of the crusaders' imagery, from the chansons de geste to Walter Scott, from Charlemagne to Orlando Bloom. Whilst the crusaders' hold on Jerusalem was relatively short-lived, the desire for Jerusalem has had a long afterlife in many cultural contexts and media.

    • Offers an understanding of the Crusades in European literature and culture
    • Provides interdisciplinary ways of understanding a key motif of European history
    • Considers crusading in a variety of contexts and media, from the Middle Ages to the present day
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    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108464864
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Genres:
    1. Chronicles Elizabeth Lapina
    2. Chansons de geste Marianne Ailes
    3. The troubadours and their lyrics Linda Paterson
    Part II. Contexts and Communities:
    4. Rome, Byzantium, and the Idea of Holy War Connor Wilson
    5. Women's writing and patronage Helen Nicholson
    6. Reading and writing in Outremer Anthony Bale
    7. Hebrew crusade literature in its Latin and Arabic contexts Uri Zvi Shachar
    Part III. Themes and Images:
    8. The earthly and heavenly Jerusalem Suzanne Yeager
    9. Orientalism and the 'Saracen' Lynn Ramey
    10. Chivalry, masculinity, and sexuality Matthew Mesley
    Part IV. Heroes:
    11. Richard the Lionheart and Saladin Christine Chism
    12. 'El Cid' (Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar) Julian Weiss
    13. Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon, and Louis IX of France Anne Latowsky
    Part V. Afterlives:
    14. Romance and crusade in Late Medieval England Robert Rouse
    15. Renaissance crusading literature Lee Manion
    16. Crusading and medievalism Louise D'Arcens.

  • Editor

    Anthony Bale, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Anthony Bale is Professor of Medieval Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. His previous publications include a new translation of The Book of Margery Kempe (2015); a translation of John Mandeville's The Book of Marvels and Travels (2012); Feeling Persecuted: Christians, Jews and Images of Violence in the Middle Ages (2010); and as editor St Edmund King and Martyr: Changing Images of a Medieval Saint (2009).


    Elizabeth Lapina, Marianne Ailes, Linda Paterson, Connor Wilson, Helen Nicholson, Anthony Bale, Uri Zvi Shachar, Suzanne Yeager, Lynn Ramey, Matthew Mesley, Christine Chism, Julian Weiss, Anne Latowsky, Robert Rouse, Lee Manion, Louise D'Arcens.

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