The Making of Crusading Heroes and Villains: Engaging the Crusades, Volume Four

1st Edition

Mike Horswell, Kristin Skottki

July 1, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 176 Pages - 1 Color & 12 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367264444 - CAT# 309865
Series: Engaging the Crusades

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Engaging the Crusades is a series of volumes which offer windows into a newly-emerging field of historical study: the memory and legacy of the crusades. Together these volumes examine the reasons behind the enduring resonance of the crusades and present the memory of crusading in the modern period as a productive, exciting and much needed area of investigation.

This new volume explores the ways in which significant crusading figures have been employed as heroes and villains, and by whom. Each chapter analyses a case study relating to a key historical figure including the First Crusader Tancred; ‘villains’ Reynald of Châtillon and Conrad of Montferrat; the oft-overlooked Queen Melisende of Jerusalem; the entangled memories of Richard ‘the Lionheart’ and Saladin; and the appropriation of St Louis IX by the British. Through fresh approaches, such as a new translation of the inscriptions on the wreath laid on Saladin’s tomb by Kaiser Wilhelm II, this book represents a significant cutting-edge intervention in thinking about memory, crusader medievalism, and the processes of making heroes and villains.

The Making of Crusading Heroes and Villains is the perfect tool for scholars and students of the crusades, and historians concerned with the development of reputations and memory.

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