Statue of Louis IX in Paris, Montmartre. Source: Wikipedia

Remembering the Crusades and Crusading

The Crusades were much so much more than just adventurous escapades into the peripheries of European Christendom. They were also powerful loci for memory. But what was remembered? By whom? When? Where? These questions are explored in a new book from Routledge

Remembering the Crusades and Crusading
Edited by Megan Cassidy-Welch
Routledge 2016


Remebering the Crusades and Crusading -CoverRemembering the Crusades and Crusading examines the diverse contexts in which crusading was memorialised and commemorated in the medieval world and beyond. The collection not only shows how the crusades were commemorated in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but also considers the longer-term remembrance of the crusades into the modern era.

This collection is divided into three sections, the first of which deals with the textual, material and visual sources used to remember. Each contributor introduces a particular body of source material and presents case studies using those sources in their own research. The second section contains four chapters examining specific communities active in commemorating the crusades, including religious communities, family groups and royal courts. Finally, the third section examines the cultural memory of crusading in the Byzantine, Iberian and Baltic regions beyond the early years, as well as the trajectory of crusading memory in the Muslim Middle East.

This book draws together and extends the current debates in the history of the crusades and the history of memory and in so doing offers a fresh synthesis of material in both fields. It will be essential reading for students of the crusades and memory.




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Sources of memory

  • Preaching and crusade memory by Jessalynn Bird
  • The liturgical memory of 15 July 1099: between history, memory and eschatology by M. Cecilia Gaposchkin
  • Crusades, Memory and Visual Culture: Representations of the Miracle of Intervention of Saints in Battle by Elizabeth Lapina
  • Remembrance of Things Past: Memory and Material Objects in the Time of the Crusades, 1095-1291 by Anne E. Lester
  • Historical writing by Darius von Güttner-Sporzyński
  • “Perpetuel Memorye”: Remembering History in the Crusading Romance by Lee Manion

Communities of memory

  • Monastic memories of the early crusading movement by Katherine Allen Smith
  • Royal memory by James Naus and Vincent Ryan
  • Jewish Memory and the Crusades: The Hebrew Crusade Chronicles and Protection from Christian violence by Rebecca Rist
  • Family memory and the crusades by Nicholas Paul and Jochen Schenk

Cultural memory

  • ‘A blow sent by God’: Changing Byzantine memories of the Crusades by Jonathan Harris
  • Living and remembering the crusades and the Reconquista: Iberia, 11th-13th Centuries by Ana Rodriguez
  • he Muslim Memory of the Crusades by Alex Mallett
  • Appropriating history: Remembering the crusades in Latvia and Estonia by Carsten Selch Jensen


Megan Cassidy-Welch is an Associate Professor of medieval history at Monash University. She is author of Monastic Spaces and their Meanings (2001) and Imprisonment in the Medieval Religious Imagination (2011).


Statue of Louis IX in Paris, Montmartre. Source: Wikipedia