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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1716: Networks of the Crusades: Social and Religious Entanglements and Imaginations

Thursday 6 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chairs:Joanna Phillips, School of Law, University of Leeds
Jason T. Roche, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Paper 1716-aA Qualitative-Quantitative Approach to the Social Networks of the Flemish Crusaders: Tools, Methodology, and Research Possibilities
(Language: English)
Dawid Gołąb, Instytut Historii i Archiwistyki Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Computing in Medieval Studies, Crusades, Social History
Paper 1716-bIn Search of True Unity: Innocent III's Treatment of the Greek Church in Constantinople
(Language: English)
Edith Lagarde, Department of History, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1716-cIn quanta sanguinis effusione: Crusade and the Construction of History in Genoa, 1155-1200
(Language: English)
Thomas P. Morin, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, Missouri
Index terms: Crusades, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

Paper -a:
The Crusades, as well as crusaders with their prosopographical studies, are one of the most well-elaborated aspects of the medieval world. However, 21st century with its digital tools, such as databases collecting the primary sources and computing software, allows for a development of totally new approaches to the topic. Digital Medievalists can benefit from that, not only by making more detailed studies, but also by undertaking totally new research topics, now feasible with the access to the 'big data'. This paper offers a survey of a digital methodology applied in (the) author's longstanding research on the social networks of the Flemish Crusaders.

Paper -b:
This paper (re)examines the role Pope Innocent III played in the formation of new ecclesiastical hierarchies and liturgical practices in Constantinople following the sack of the city in 1204. Previous scholarship has understood Innocent III's position as desiring to enforce both Latin ecclesiastical and liturgical unity on the Greek church, which position was then tempered at the end of his pontificate in the decrees of the Fourth Lateran Council. Through analyzing the letters of Innocent III following the Latin conquest, this paper argues that Innocent III's attitude towards the Greek Church was inflexible qua hierarchy and papal primacy, but did not demand the same unity of liturgical rites.

Paper -c:
In 1155 at Benevento, a Genoese delegation pleaded for papal intervention on their behalf to defend their rights and privileges in the Latin East, which had recently come under attack by the rulers there. The focal point of the Genoese argument lay in memory of the blood spilled by their people during the First Crusade. This paper argues that moments of encounter between the Genoese and rulers in the Latin East in the mid-twelfth century spurred new discourses about Genoa's role in the foundations of the Latin East, and reveals new insight into popular perception of the crusades in the medieval Mediterranean world.