Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade
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Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade : The Limousin and Gascony, c.970-c.1130

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This is a study of the religious ideas and motivation of the laymen, especially the lords and knights, who fought in the First Crusade (1095-1101). Marcus Bull argues that the laity's crusading zeal cannot be understood simply as a reflection of the preoccupations of educated ecclesiastics. His scholarly and sophisticated analysis shows that elements traditionally regarded as central to the crusade's origins - the Peace of God movement and the Spanish Reconquest - were in fact of minimal significance. Through a study of three regions in south-western France, Dr Bull uncovers the true dynamic of crusade enthusiasm; the beliefs and practices of pious laymen in intimate contact with local religious communities. He shows that the crusade was an expression of everyday but genuine piety.The crusade came to be one of the most important and enduring features of medieval civilization. This book sharply analyses the early history of the lay piety which underwrote centuries of crusading history, and makes an important contribution to our understanding of medieval religion.
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  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 144.78 x 215.9 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Reprints distributed by Sa
  • United Kingdom, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 maps, bibliography
  • 0198203543
  • 9780198203544
  • 1,622,680

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