Crusading and Warfare in the Middle Ages: Realities and Representations. Essays in Honour of John France (Crusades - Subsidia 7)

Crusading and Warfare in the Middle Ages: Realities and Representations. Essays in Honour of John France (Crusades - Subsidia 7)

By: Nicholas Morton (author), Simon John (author)Hardback

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This volume has been created by scholars from a range of disciplines who wish to show their appreciation for Professor John France and to celebrate his career and achievements. For many decades, Professor France's work has been instrumental in many of the advances made in the fields of crusader studies and medieval warfare. He has published widely on these topics including major publications such as: Victory in the East: A Military History of the First Crusade (1994) and Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades (1999). This present volume mirrors his interests, offering studies upon both areas. The fifteen essays cover a wide variety of topics, spanning chronologically from the Carolingian period through to the early fourteenth century. Some offer new insights upon long-contested issues, such as the question of whether a new form of cavalry was created by Charles Martel and his successors or the implications of the Mongol defeat at Ayn Jalut. Others use innovative methodologies to unlock the potential of various types of source material including: manuscript illuminations depicting warfare, Templar graffiti, German crusading songs, and crusading charters. Several of the articles open up new areas of debate connected to the history of crusading. Malcolm Barber discusses why Christendom did not react decisively to the fall of Acre in 1291. Bernard Hamilton explores how the rising Frankish presence in the Eastern Mediterranean during the central medieval period reshaped Christendom's knowledge and understanding of the North African cultures they encountered. In this way, this work seeks both to advance debate in core areas whilst opening new vistas for future research.

About Author

Simon John, Oxford University, UK, and Nicholas Morton, Nottingham Trent University, UK.


Contents: Preface: an appreciation of John France; A bibliography of John France's publications, 1968-2014; Carolingian cavalry in battle: the evidence reconsidered, Clifford J. Rogers; Cultural representations of warfare in the High Middle Ages: the Morgan Picture Bible, Richard Abels; A medieval graffito representing a trebuchet in an Etruscan tomb in Corneto-Tarquinia, Denys Pringle; Encountering the Turks: the First Crusaders' foreknowledge of their enemy, some preliminary findings, Nicholas Morton; An early Muslim reaction to the First Crusade?, Benjamin Z. Kedar; Espionage and military intelligence during the First Crusade, 1095-99, Susan B. Edgington; Ralph of Caen as a military historian, Bernard S. Bachrach and David S. Bachrach; 'Martyrum collegio sociandus haberet': depictions of the Military Orders' martyrs in the Holy Land, 1187-1291, Helen J. Nicholson; The poet Friedrich von Hausen on the Third Crusade and the performance of Middle High German crusading songs, Alan V. Murray; Godfrey of Bouillon and the Swan Knight, Simon John; The preparations of Count John of Sees for the Third Crusade, Daniel Power; The crusades and North-East Africa, Bernard Hamilton; Thoros of Armenia and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Peter W. Edbury; Why did the West fail to recover the Holy Land between 1291 and 1320?, Malcolm Barber; Meet the Mongols: dealing with Mamluk victory and Mongol defeat in the Middle East in 1260, Kelly DeVries; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781409461036
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 258
  • ID: 9781409461036
  • weight: 648
  • ISBN10: 1409461033

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