The Miraculous and the Writing of Crusade Narrative
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214 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Crusading in Context

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Miraculous and the Writing of Crusade Narrative

by Beth C. Spacey

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First comprehensive study of miracles in Crusade narrative, showing how and why they were deployed by their authors.
The medieval Latin Christian narratives of the crusades are replete with references to miracles, visions and signs. Mysterious white-clad knights lead crusader armies to victory in battle, Christ and the saints offer guidance in visions, and great signs are seen in the skies. However, despite the frequent appearance of these themes in the sources, and the evident importance of these ideas to the narratives which describe them, scholars have often analysed examples in isolation.
This book represents the first far-reaching examination of the miraculous in crusade narrative, offering an analysis of the role of miracles, marvels, visions, dreams, signs and augury in narratives of the crusades of 1096 to 1204 and produced between c.1099 and c.1250. It argues that the miraculous and its related themes represented a powerful tool for the authors of crusade narrative because of its ability to convey divine agency and will, ideas which were central to the belief held among Latin Christian contemporaries that crusade was divinely inspired and spiritually salvific. Overall, the volume demonstrates how the authors of crusade narrative drew upon various intellectual authorities on the miraculous in the service of their narrative agendas and reveals how the use of the miraculous changed as authors were forced to respond to the challenges of narrating crusade during this period.
Introduction
Part I: Miracles and Marvels
1. Divine Agency
2. Writing Failure
Part II: Visions and Dreams
3. The Mockery of Dreams
4. Intercession and Insurance
Part III: Signs and Augury
5. Ways of Knowing
6. Signs of the Times
Conclusion
Appendix: The Sources
Bibliography

BETH C. SPACEY is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.

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Title Details

214 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Crusading in Context

Imprint: Boydell Press