IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1013: Combating Nature during the Early Crusades

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Medieval Logistics Research Group
Organiser:Jason T. Roche, St Andrews' Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Angus Stewart, Institute of Middle East, Central Asia & Caucasus Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 1013-bMilites sanguinem bibebant: Social Hierarchy of Starvation on the First Crusade
(Language: English)
Sini Kangas, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Crusades, Military History
Paper 1013-cThe Logistical Predicaments of Conrad III during his Advance towards Ikonion, 1147
(Language: English)
Jason T. Roche, St Andrews' Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Military History

The first paper discusses the functions of winds in 12th-century chronicles of the crusades and in particular, on the role they appear to play in the narratives concerned with the Battle of Antioch (1098). The second paper discusses the descriptions of starvation in the eyewitness accounts of the First Crusade, and seeks to determine to what extent the social status of crusaders affects the source depiction of suffering from the lack of food. The third paper will determine why the difficulties each crusader always had in obtaining adequate supplies, owing to the way that each individual had to make provision for himself and his dependants and the amount of surplus foodstuffs available at towns with medieval agrarian economies, were exacerbated in Anatolia during the Second Crusade.