Crusading in the Age of Joinville

Author(s): 
Smith, Caroline
ISBN: 
0754653633
Date published: 
February 2006
Hardback
Price: 
£47.50
Pages: 
228

Crusading in the Age of Joinville provides a detailed examination of the ideas and experiences of those who promoted and participated in the crusades of Louis IX of France in the mid-thirteenth century. It assesses the possibilities and problems associated with the source material, highlighting the unique value of John of Joinville's Life of Saint Louis. Two distinct approaches are taken to the analysis of these sources. The first is thematic, to reveal contrasts between the idealised images of crusading depicted by its promoters and the experiences of those who responded. Secondly, the careers of Joinville and his close contemporary Oliver of Termes provide extended case studies demonstrating that involvement with crusading could have very different origins and expressions.