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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1728: Constructing the Crusades: Representation, Reinterpretation, and Memory, V - Reinterpretations

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for the Study of Islam & the West, Queen Mary, University of London / Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, University of Birmingham / Society for the Study of the Crusades & the Latin East
Organisers:Beth Spacey, School of History & Cultures, University of Birmingham
Stephen Spencer, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Simon A. John, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Paper 1728-a'In the Thick of It': The Portrayal of Martial Prowess in Crusade Narratives
(Language: English)
Belinda Guthrie, Centre for the Study of Islam & the West, Queen Mary, University of London
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - Comparative
Paper 1728-bFranci Go to Hollywood: Performing the Old French Crusade Cycle in the 13th-Century
(Language: English)
Carol Elizabeth Sweetenham, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Literacy and Orality, Performance Arts - General
Paper 1728-cPropaganda and Euphemism in the Representation of the Medieval Muslim Views of the Franks
(Language: English)
Betty Binysh, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Crusades, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy

In recent years, Crusade historians have begun to question the extent to which crusade sources provide objective reflections of the crusading experience. Similarly, the assumption that the value of crusade sources lies only in the reconstruction of events has been challenged. Rather, it has been demonstrated that these sources represent significant cultural and literary artefacts that were influenced by the authors' own agendas and the social, cultural, and political contexts in which they were created. Alongside this, there has been a growing scholarly interest in the remembrance of crusading in literature, visual culture, and archaeology. The 'Constructing the Crusades' series of sessions extend these historiographical developments and offer new perspectives on the ways in which the crusades and crusading were represented, reinterpreted and remembered in the medieval period and beyond. Papers consider a wide range of themes, including the use of literary devices in crusade narratives, re-evaluations of events and sources, discourses of power, the evolution of crusade memory and its impact upon recruitment, and the performance techniques of vernacular literature.