Understanding the Sources for the Crusades: New Approaches

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2-day Zoom conference on crusading sources. Sponsored by The Irish Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, and the SSCLE

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We are delighted to announce the program for Understanding the Sources for the Crusades: New Approaches. Sponsored by The Irish Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, and the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, this 2-day online conference brings together experts from across the world and at various career stages to share cutting edge research into the sources for the Crusades and the Latin East. The program is as follows:

Saturday 22nd January

09:00–10:30: The First Crusade Sources Revisited

Revisiting Raymond of Aguilers’ ‘Liber’ of the First Crusade – James Currie (RHUL)

Repositioning the Crusade: Benedictine Affabulations of the Events in the Kingdom of Hungary – James Plumtree (American University of Central Asia)

Representing Crusader-Muslim Diplomacy in Two First Crusade Narratives – Katy Mortimer (RHUL)

Chair: Susan Edgington (QMUL)

10:45–12:15: Neglected Sources

The Middle High German Crusade Lyric: Authors, Themes, and Performance – Alan V. Murray (University of Leeds)

Memories of the Crusades: Sources on the Crusades in Thirteenth-Century Universal Chronicles – Antoni Grabowski (Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

Crusading in Late Medieval English Records – Charlotte Gautier (RHUL)

Chair: Helen Nicholson (University of Cardiff)

12:15–13:30: Lunch

13:30–15:00: Emotions and Affect

The Well-Armed Crusader: Emotional Armour in Chanson de Geste Sources – Hailey O’Harrow (University of St Andrews)

Measuring Empathy and Bigotry in Thirteenth-Century Livonia: Asymmetrical Emotional Ascription (AEA) as a Method for Studying Crusader Sources – Wojtek Jezierski (University of Oslo)

Soldiers’ Humour – An Unexplored Aspect of Peter von Dusburg’s Chronicle of the Baltic Crusade – Rasa Mažeika (University of Toronto)

Chair: Stephen Spencer (KCL)

15:15–16:45: New Thoughts on William of Tyre

William of Tyre and the Genesis of the First Crusade: Or, the Problems of Writing History – Andrew D. Buck (UCD)

The Legacy of Einhard in William of Tyre’s Historia: King Amaury I and the ‘Foreign Embassy Topos’ – Ana C. Núñez (Stanford University)

From Baldric of Bourgueil to William of Tyre: Latin Sources of the First Crusade Chansons de Geste – Marco Prost (University of Lausanne)

Chair: Natasha Hodgson (Nottingham Trent)

17:00–18:30: Plenary Lecture

A Farewell to Tudebode: Does ‘Tradition’ Offer Us an Escape?

Simon T. Parsons (University of Bristol)

Chair: Jonathan Phillips (RHUL)

Sunday 23rd January

9:00–10:30: Crusading and the Physical World

Archaeologies of Crusading and Crusader Societies – Aleks Pluskowski (University of Reading)

The Bethlehem Bells Revisited – Alex Rodriguez Suarez (Independent Scholar)

Impact of a Quantitative Approach to Syrian and Jazīran Siege Warfare during the Crusading Era (1097–1192) – Thomas Brosset (Lancaster University)

Chair: Iris Shagrir (Open University of Israel)

10:45–12:15: Epistolary Evidence

New Approaches to Crusade Letters – Thomas W. Smith (Rugby School)

Crusade Correspondence: A New Insight – Sophia Menache (University of Haifa)

Pro passagio transmarino and contra Tartaros – The Image of Preparations for a Crusade in the Light of Papal Letters to Jan Grotowic, Bishop of Cracow (1326–47) – Dorota Żywczak (Pontifical University of John Paul II, Cracow)

Chair: Simon Parsons (University of Bristol)

12:15–13:30: Lunch

13:30–15:00: Sermons and Source Bases

Beyond Model Sermons: New Sources for Preaching and Images of the Crusade – Jessalynn Bird (St Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN)

Sermon Texts and the Crusades: Methodological Issues and Approaches – Alexander Marx (Universität Heidelberg)

Square Pegs, Round Hole: Sources for Crusade History and the Structuring of the Experience of Crusading – Paul Chevedden (University of Texas, Austin)

Chair: Thomas W. Smith (Rugby School)

15:15–16:45: Manuscript Research

Byzantine Manuscripts and the Crusades: Preparing for Holy War? – Barbara Crostini (Uppsala University/Newman Institute)

Bidayat Al Sul: A New Approach To Understanding The Art of Furusiyya – Chris Herde (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Sources for the Teutonic Order and the Baltic Crusades in the State Archives of Toruń: A Survey – Gregory Leighton (University of Toruń)

Chair: Andrew Jotischky (RHUL)

17:00–18:15: Legal Texts

The Treatment of the Levantine Population in Latin Laws and Legal Texts (1099–1291) – Jen Pearce (Nottingham Trent)

William of St. Stephen’s Livre Saterian (1296): A Hospitaller Legal Treatise – Jochen Burgtorf (California State University, Fullerton), Laura Morreale (Independent Scholar), and Marie Richards (Independent Scholar)

Chair: Nicholas Paul (Fordham)

18:15–18:30: Final Remarks

Zoom links for each day will be shared in due course, but please do sign up in advance. If you have any queries, please direct them either to Andrew Buck ( or Stephen Spencer (

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