Session 833: Crusades across the Borders in the Middle East and Africa
Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00
|Moderator/Chair:||Jonathan Phillips, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London|
|Paper 833-a||Material Culture, Gift Giving, and Diplomacy during the Crusades|
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Crusades
|Paper 833-b||The African Crusading Threat: Muslim Paranoia or Reality?|
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies
This paper will examine how the items of material culture that were ‘gifted’ as part of these agreements acted as a locus for cultural identities and expressions of power, largesse, and obligation. It will examine the kinds of gifts that were given, in what frequency and by whom, before discussing wider conclusions from the quantitative data. It will be seen that these objects were important ‘actors’ in the diplomatic process, and were part of the wider process of cross-cultural contact and exchange between the two parties in the Crusader states of the Levant.