The Wendish Crusade, 1147: The Development of Crusading Ideology in the Twelfth Century

1st Edition

Mihai Dragnea

Published September 3, 2019
Reference - 68 Pages
ISBN 9780367366964 - CAT# 328562


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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.

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