Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades: Crusading Identities

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This event is the third annual one day symposium to be organised by the Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades. There is no registration fee, but you must register for the conference in advance. Refreshments, including lunch, will be provided for registered attendees. Registration closes on 13/2/19.

Vegetarian food will be available. If you have any other dietary requirements please contact the organiser.

Fulcher of Chartres famously remarked of early twelfth century western settlers in the Crusader States: ‘we who were Occidentals now have been made Orientals’. He described the processes of acculturation which had led to this transformation of collective identity, including intermarriage and the acquisition of wealth and property. This highlights the fertile ground which crusading activities and their impact offer for explorations of the construction and performance of medieval identities. Both individual and collective identities were the product of a range of socio-cultural factors, such as age, gender, status, religion, nationality and ethnicity, among others. Identity could be self-fashioned through experience and conduct, but was also imposed on individuals and groups. This symposium brings together medievalists working in a range of disciplines to consider the ways in which both individual and collective identities were forged or changed by going on crusade, or by engaging with crusaders. It also seeks to examine the role of identity in determining the nature of an individual or group’s experience of crusading.

Programme

8.45 Arrival

9.00-10.15 Session One: Settlement and Identity

Simon John (Swansea University), ‘History and identity: the memory of the First Crusade as the origin tradition of the Latin East.’

Andrew Buck (QMUL), ‘Settlement, identity, and memory in the Latin East: some reflections of the relevance of the term “Crusader States”’.

Gregory Lippiatt (UEA), ‘Franks into Frenchmen: the Crusades and settlement as vehicles for cultural identity.’

10.15-10.45 Tea & coffee

10.45-12.00 Session Two: Late Medieval and Early Modern Crusading Identities

Charlotte Gauthier (RHUL), ‘The construction and use of crusader identity in late medieval England.’

Nicolò Ferrari (University of Huddersfield), ‘“Il sera par vous conbatu le doubté Turcq”: crusading and fifteenth-century L’homme armé masses.’

Francesca Petrizzo (University of Rome), ‘How to build a crusader: Torquato Tasso, Rinaldo, and the Estensi as crusaders.’

12.00-1.00 Lunch (including poster display)

1.00-2.15 Session Three: Warriors and Leaders

Clare Vernon (University of Manchester), ‘Crusading identity in the mausoleum of Bohemond I’.

Kenneth Coyne (National University of Ireland, Galway), ‘Robert the Monk’s concept of the miles Christi in his Historia Iherosolimitana.’

Mark Robinson (NTU), ‘Men of blood: the Church’s textual response to mercenary violence, 1179-1215.’

2.15-2.30 Tea & coffee

2.30-3.45 Session Four: Representing and Revising the Third Crusade

Hilary Rhodes (University of Leeds), ‘”My dearest friend, Elvida, abbess of Saint Julien”: rethinking gender and identity on the Third Crusade.’

Stephen Spencer (IHR), ‘Making a king a better crusader: the revision of Richard I’s identity in Ralph of Coggeshall’s Chronicon Anglicanum.’

Carol Sweetenham (University of Warwick), ‘”In frenssche bookys this rym is wrought”: creating crusading identity in French and English narrative poetry.’

3.45 Tea & coffee

4.00-5.15 Session Five: Reputation and Identity

Nathan Websdale (RHUL) ‘“Defending two cradles of Christianity”: the agency of Philaretos Braakhamios and the post-Manzikert contest for Antioch and Edessa.’

Jenny Markey (Independent Scholar), ‘Pirrus and the Siege of Antioch: depictions of a traitor.’

Mark McCabe (University of Huddersfield), ‘Hagiographic masculinity: the representation of Simon de Montfort in Peter of Vaux-de-Cernay’s Historia Albigensis.’

5.15 Closing remarks

5.30 End


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