IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1514: Propagandizing and Counter-Propagandizing the Conqueror Mythos: The Military Leader as Media Creation

Thursday 15 July 2004, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Pacific Northwest Euro-Arabic Studies Group
Organiser:Mary Lyn Hikel, University of Washington, Seattle
Moderator/Chair:Mary Lyn Hikel, University of Washington, Seattle
Paper 1514-aSaladin: A Man for all Seasons and a Myth for All Reasons
(Language: English)
Mary Lyn Hikel, University of Washington, Seattle
Index terms: Crusades, Islamic & Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Italian
Paper 1514-cNot Clash, but Conversation: Medieval Tales of Tamburlaine that Led to Marlowe's Tamburlaine
(Language: English)
Martha Diede, Department of English, Northwest College, Washington
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Other, Military History
Abstract

The noteworthy military leaders of the Middle Ages were lionized or demonized by the medieval writers of both historical and fictional literature. This session explores the ways in which the standard rhetorical devices of propaganda and counter-propaganda were applied to the following military leaders: Salah al Din (Saladin); Godfrey of Bouillon; Raynaud (Reginald) of Ch√Ętillon; Richard the Lionheart; and Timur Khan (Tamburlaine). Consideration is given to how and why these men were perceived as they were by writers who shared their cultural backgound and by those who did not, and why some surprising differences in presentation existed.