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Author Bull, Marcus Graham.

Title Knightly piety and the lay response to the First Crusade : the Limousin and Gascony, c. 970-c. 1130 / Marcus Bull.

Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.


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 UniM Bail  282.446609021 BULL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 328 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [289]-313) and index.
Contents 1. The Peace of God and the First Crusade -- 2. The French Military Contribution in Spain 1064 - c. 1130 and its Bearing upon the Popular Ideology of the First Crusade -- 3. Recruitment to Religious Communities -- 4. Aristocratic Piety in the Eleventh Century -- 5. Pilgrimage and the Cult of Saints -- 6. The Response of Laymen to the First Crusade.
Summary This is a study of the religious ideas and motivation of the laymen, especially the lords and knights, who fought in the First Crusade (1095-1101). Marcus Bull argues that the laity's crusading zeal cannot be understood simply as a reflection of the preoccupations of educated ecclesiastics. His scholarly and sophisticated analysis shows that elements traditionally regarded as central to the crusade's origins - the Peace of God movement and the Spanish Reconquest - were in fact of minimal significance. Through a study of three regions in south-western France, Dr Bull uncovers the true dynamic of crusade enthusiasm; the beliefs and practices of pious laymen in intimate contact with local religious communities. He shows that the crusade was an expression of everyday but genuine piety.
The crusade came to be one of the most important and enduring features of medieval civilization. This book sharply analyses the early history of the lay piety which underwrote centuries of crusading history, and makes an important contribution to our understanding of medieval religion.
Subject Knights and knighthood -- France -- History.
Crusades -- First, 1096-1099.
Limousin (France) -- Religious life and customs.
Gascony (France) -- Religious life and customs.
ISBN 0198203543 (alk. paper) £35.00