Indulgences and the crusade against the Turks

Normal Housley

in Crusading and the Ottoman Threat, 1453-1505

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199227051
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746031 | DOI:
Indulgences and the crusade against the Turks

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This chapter considers the most important feature of crusading's devotional and economic impact, the distribution of indulgences in exchange for financial contributions. In the first place, it attempts to locate the period's most significant indulgence commissioner, Raymond Perault, in terms of his predecessors and contemporaries. Secondly, the popularity of crusading indulgences and the criticism to which the practice was subjected are assessed. And lastly, Perault's attempt to promote a crusade in the empire between 1501 and 1503 is reconsidered. The focus is on the exceptional challenge that Perault confronted, namely a duplicitous pope, a volatile political situation in Germany, and an organizational task of massive proportions.

Keywords: indulgences; Perault; Pope Alexander VI; Maximilian I; the Reformation

Chapter.  21189 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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