Session Title

The Crusades at Home: Roots, Impact, and Cultural Significance of the Crusades in France and Occitania

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Crusades in France and Occitania

Organizer Name

Thomas Lecaque

Organizer Affiliation

SUNY-Orange

Presider Name

William S. Murrell

Presider Affiliation

Vanderbilt Univ.

Paper Title 1

"We were hawks, and they were herons": Troubadour Lyrics and the Legacy of 1204

Presenter 1 Name

Jordan Amspacher

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville

Paper Title 2

Vicarious Crusading in Medieval Champagne

Presenter 2 Name

Michael Peixoto

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Robert D. Clark Honors College, Univ. of Oregon

Paper Title 3

The Crusades in the Twelfth-Century Library of Saint-Amand

Presenter 3 Name

Bradley Phillis

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville

Paper Title 4

The Hagiography of Crusading Captivity as Homefront Literature

Presenter 4 Name

Katherine Allen Smith

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Puget Sound

Start Date

12-5-2017 1:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2030

Description

The Crusades in France and Occitania Project, or CFO Project, aims to promote, and help disseminate, research into the roots, impact, and cultural significance of the crusading movement in France and Occitania in the Middle Ages, while fostering international collaboration and furthering scholarly discourse of the field. Individuals already involved use texts as diverse as Carolingian saints lives, thirteenth-century chansons de geste, troubadour poems, and crusading charters to re-envisage how mainland France and its inhabitants provoked, responded to, and conceptualized the crusading movement.

These approaches characterize a new understanding of the direction forwards in crusading studies, now ascendant, which moves away from isolated case studies of the importance of the crusade solely from a 'crusading/crusader states' perspective to consider these expeditions, movements, and preaching events in medieval European geopolitical and cultural context. The influence of scholastic, apocalyptic, monastic, and eschatological thought - at the heart of medieval France's self conception - has been demonstrated to have deeply influenced the crusading movement, and, in turn, been influenced by it: see recently, for example, the work of Marcus Bull and Damien Kempf on the power of monastic literary transmission in the introduction to their edition of the Robert the Monk's Historia, Jay Rubenstein on apocalyptic concerns and the Liber Floridus, an encyclopedic twelfth-century Flemish florilegium , and Jan Vandeburie on the French crusade preacher Jacques de Vitry. Building upon Riley-Smith's seminal First Crusaders, new avenues of approach of prosopography have been used to reconstruct networks of nobles whose crusading credentials were often passed through family and kinship bonds, or bonds of patronage (Daniel Power's work on French participation in the Albigensian crusade, James Doherty on the crusading connections of Count Hugh of Troyes). In essence, the frontiers of crusade studies have moved 'home'; and these proposed sessions reflect this historiographical trend.

Thomas W. Lecaque

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The Crusades at Home: Roots, Impact, and Cultural Significance of the Crusades in France and Occitania

Fetzer 2030

The Crusades in France and Occitania Project, or CFO Project, aims to promote, and help disseminate, research into the roots, impact, and cultural significance of the crusading movement in France and Occitania in the Middle Ages, while fostering international collaboration and furthering scholarly discourse of the field. Individuals already involved use texts as diverse as Carolingian saints lives, thirteenth-century chansons de geste, troubadour poems, and crusading charters to re-envisage how mainland France and its inhabitants provoked, responded to, and conceptualized the crusading movement.

These approaches characterize a new understanding of the direction forwards in crusading studies, now ascendant, which moves away from isolated case studies of the importance of the crusade solely from a 'crusading/crusader states' perspective to consider these expeditions, movements, and preaching events in medieval European geopolitical and cultural context. The influence of scholastic, apocalyptic, monastic, and eschatological thought - at the heart of medieval France's self conception - has been demonstrated to have deeply influenced the crusading movement, and, in turn, been influenced by it: see recently, for example, the work of Marcus Bull and Damien Kempf on the power of monastic literary transmission in the introduction to their edition of the Robert the Monk's Historia, Jay Rubenstein on apocalyptic concerns and the Liber Floridus, an encyclopedic twelfth-century Flemish florilegium , and Jan Vandeburie on the French crusade preacher Jacques de Vitry. Building upon Riley-Smith's seminal First Crusaders, new avenues of approach of prosopography have been used to reconstruct networks of nobles whose crusading credentials were often passed through family and kinship bonds, or bonds of patronage (Daniel Power's work on French participation in the Albigensian crusade, James Doherty on the crusading connections of Count Hugh of Troyes). In essence, the frontiers of crusade studies have moved 'home'; and these proposed sessions reflect this historiographical trend.

Thomas W. Lecaque