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History: Why did people go on the First Crusade? Family, Lands & Honour

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Why did people go on the First Crusade?: Family, Lands & Honour

An interactive lecture by Dr Lars Kjaer, Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Medieval History; Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies and Alumni Relations at New College of the Humanities

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Dr Lars Kjaer Biography

Dr Lars Kjaer is Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Medieval History for the History Faculty at New College of the Humanities. He obtained his BA in History and Social Anthropology from Aarhus University, Denmark, in 2007. That year he moved to Cambridge, where he completed an MPhil in medieval history.

In 2008 he was awarded funding from the AHRC to undertake a PhD in history at Cambridge University, which he completed in 2012. His research has also received support from the Prince Consort and Thirlwall Fund, Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust and Elisabeth Munksgaard Prisen.

After finishing his doctoral studies he joined the New College of the Humanities. He is currently finishing a book about gifts and the classical tradition in medieval England, under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Current research projects include family traditions and the background to the First Crusade and the role of religious and political ideas in the history of medieval Denmark.

Dr Lars Kjaer's Research

Lars’ research focuses on the challenges and possibilities in using approaches from social anthropology in studying the central middle ages. He has worked on the role of gift exchange and feasting in creating social bonds between aristocrats, and in their struggle to fashion a pious and honourable reputation. Future research projects include the reception of Western European ideas about royalty and courtliness in medieval Scandinavia.

Selected Publications

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The Medieval Gift and the Classical Tradition (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, forthcoming).

Edited Collections

– ed. with Niels Lund and Kerstin Hundal, Denmark and Europe in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honour of Professor Michael H. Gelting (Farnham, Ashgate, 2014).

– ed. with A.J. Watson, Feasts and Gifts of Food in Medieval Europe: Ritualised Constructions of Hierarchy, Identity and Community, special issue of the Journal of Medieval History 37:1 (2011).



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