IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1121: Atlantic Crusades: Crusading Ideas in the European Conquest of the New World(s), 1400-1600

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades
Organiser:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Guy Perry, St Peter's College, University of Oxford
Paper 1121-aCrusading Ideas and Ideology in the French Conquest of the Canary Islands
(Language: English)
Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1121-bThe Cult of Santiago Matamoros and the Conquest of Mexico
(Language: English)
Alfred Andrea, Department of History, University of Vermont
Index terms: Crusades, Hagiography
Paper 1121-c… And Meanwhile, in Peru: How the Andes Fit into Crusading
(Language: English)
Adam Knobler, Centrum für Religionswissenschaftliche Studien, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Index terms: Crusades, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life

Crusading continued to be a vigorous activity long after the loss of the Holy Land to the Muslims in 1291, although the main activity of crusaders in the Later Middle Ages was directed against either the pagan or schismatic enemies of the Catholic faith in eastern Europe, or increasingly, against the growing threat of the Ottoman Turks. However, recent scholarship has shown how crusading also fed into the great age of European discoveries in the Atlantic and African worlds. This session intends to discuss how ideas of crusade, conversion, and the liberation of Jerusalem all informed the first French conquest of the Canary Islands and Spanish colonial rule in Mexico and Peru.