IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1318: Northern Europeans and Crusading

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1318-aConrad III and the Greek Sources for the Second Crusade: Errors, Omissions, and Flawed Presumptions
(Language: English)
Jason T. Roche, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Military History
Paper 1318-bFrom Crusade Plans to Princely Pilgrimages to Rome: The Crusade Plan of King Christian I of Denmark (1471) and his Roman Pilgrimage of 1474
(Language: English)
Stephen Olaf Turk Christensen, Open University, Denmark
Index terms: Crusades
Paper 1318-cCrusades at the End of the World: Scandinavia and the Crusades, 1397-1523
(Language: English)
Janus Møller Jensen, Department of History & Civilisation, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
Index terms: Crusades

Abstract paper -a:
The convention that King Conrad III of Germany was defeated in battle by Turkish forces at Dorylaion and accordingly, forced to turn around and retreat to Nicaea during the second crusade, 1147/8, stems solely from Kugler’s and Bernhard’s nineteenth century interpretations of just two Greek sources, John Kinnamos and Nicetas Choniates. This paper will contend that there are serious errors, omissions and flawed presumptions in these texts when compared to our eyewitness accounts and other contemporary sources. Accordingly, it will be maintained that we should not confer significant authority to the evidence provided by Kinnamos and Choniates regarding Conrad’s progress once he had crossed the Bosporous. This contention necessarily questions the traditional notion that Conrad’s advance was arrested at Dorylaion.

No abstracts for -b and -c provided.