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Crusading Warfare

John France

in Medieval Studies

ISBN: 9780195396584
Published online December 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396584-0104
Crusading Warfare

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The Crusades are one of the spectaculars of historical study—a series of events so startling that they demand attention even from writers whose primary interest lies elsewhere. The whole history of western Christendom in the Middle Ages, and indeed beyond, is interwoven with the crusading movement, which became deeply embedded in the piety of medieval people. Partly as a result, the study of the military aspects of the Crusades was long overwhelmed by interest in many other aspects of the subject, especially the nature of the piety that drove people to join these expeditions and to live in the distant East. Thus, much early discussion of military matters was found in general histories of the Crusades or in histories of the warfare of western Europe, and to some extent these remain important. Outline histories of the Crusades are plentiful, but surveys of European warfare are less common, and some old and outdated books are still in use. Writing the military history of the Crusades is no easy task because the sources are voluminous, and many of them contain only passing references to military matters. This, in part, is why no major synthesis has emerged, although in recent years there has been a substantial volume of very specialist writing on the military history of the Crusades.

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy ; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400) ; Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology

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