IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 743: The Memory of the Crusades, III: Historiographical Echoes

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Mike Horswell, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chairs:James Doherty, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol
Guy Perry, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 743-aMedieval Atlit in the Historiography of Incarceration
(Language: English)
Yvonne Friedman, Department of History, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Crusades, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 743-bCrusading Historiography in the Early Modern Age: The Question of the Normans of Southern Italy
(Language: English)
Luigi Russo, Dipartimento di Scienza Storiche, Università Europea di Roma
Index terms: Crusades, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 743-cHow to Cope with Violence in the Historiography of the Crusades: A Critical Reassessment of the Label 'Holy War'
(Language: English)
Tim Weitzel, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Regensburg
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Modern Scholarship

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 showcases ways in which the memory of the Crusades was formed, changed and influenced by different scopes of interpretation: Atlit castle is located in the historiographical context of Foucault’s discourse on incarceration; the strikingly negative portrayal of the Southern Italian Normans is examined through the most influential historiographical representations since the 17th century; finally, considerations of ‘holy war’ are critiqued in relation to crusade historiography.