IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 543: The Memory of the Crusades, I: Godfrey, Louis, and the Sultan Remembered

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Routledge
Organiser:Mike Horswell, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Phillips, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Paper 543-a'Au héros belge de la première croisade': The 1848 Equestrian Statue of Godfrey of Bouillon in the Place Royale, Brussels, and the Memory of the First Crusade in 19th-Century Belgium
(Language: English)
Simon A. John, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Crusades, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 543-bSt Louis: A Crusader King and Hero for Victorian and First World War Britain and Ireland
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Siberry, Independent Scholar, London
Index terms: Crusades, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 543-cThe Sultan, the Kaiser, the Colonel, and the Purloined Wreath
(Language: English)
Carole Hillenbrand, School of History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Crusades, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

The Crusades are generally understood as a genuine ‘medieval’ phenomenon. But the Crusades have also formed an important part of various societies’ collective memories over the centuries since their initiation. Taking into consideration insights from studies of medievalism, a medieval phenomenon like the Crusades may only thoroughly be understood by also reconsidering its later representations, re-readings and receptions; differing forms of remembrance, for example. This session takes three examples of the memory of significant crusading figures – Godfrey of Bouillon, St Louis, and Saladin – and explores ways in which each have been remembered by European communities in the 19th and 20th centuries.