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Crusade Propaganda and Ideology

Crusade Propaganda and Ideology
Model Sermons for the Preaching of the Cross


  • Date Published: February 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521590617

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  • This book, first published in 2000, presents an edition of seventeen ad status model sermons for the preaching of the crusades from the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. The majority of these texts had never been printed before publication of this book. They are unique sources for the content of crusade propaganda in the later Middle Ages, giving a rare insight into the way in which propaganda shaped the public's view of crusading during that period. Accompanying the Latin texts is an English translation which is aimed at making these sources accessible to a wider circle of students and scholars. The first part of the book consists of a study of these model sermons which focuses on their place in the pastoral reform movement of the thirteenth century, their specific character as models for the use of crusade propagandists, their internal structure, and the image of the crusade conveyed in the texts.

    • This book presents a body of important but mostly previously unpublished source material
    • The book has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible, with accompanying English translations and helpful introductory material
    • Straddles two vibrant areas of medieval studies, the crusades and medieval preaching
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… extremely useful for teaching the crusades … This volume forms a valuable addition to the library of crusade texts and to the study of how the Cross was preached in a period when the devotional aspect of crusading was in full flower.' The English Historical Review

    '… Maier's work is a valuable and significant contribution to the study of medieval sermons and the crusades.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    '… a precious contribution not only to the literature on the crusades, but also to that on preaching and the role of mendicants in the new spirituality of the thirteenth century.' Cristianesimo nella storia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521590617
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Part I:
    1. The authors, the sermons and their context
    2. Crusade sermons and crusade model sermons
    3. The texts and their structure
    4. Portraying the crusade
    Part II:
    5. Notes on the transcription and translation
    6. The manuscripts
    7. The sermons

  • Author

    Christoph T. Maier, Universität Zürich

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