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Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade: The Limousin and Gascony C.970-C.1130 Marcus Bull

Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade: The Limousin and Gascony C.970-C.1130

Marcus Bull

Published May 27th 1993
ISBN : 9780198203544
Hardcover
344 pages
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This is a study of the religious ideas and motivation of the laymen who fought in the First Crusade (1095-1101). Marcus Bull argues that the laitys 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 crusades origins--the Peace of God movement and the Spanish Reconquest--were in fact of minimal significance. Through a study of three regions in southwestern France, 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.