Crusading Spirituality in the Holy Land and Iberia, by William J. Purkis

By William J. Purkis

For far of the 12th century the beliefs and actions of crusaders have been usually defined in language extra as a rule linked to a monastic instead of an army vocation; like those that took spiritual vows, crusaders have been many times depicted as being pushed by way of a wish to imitate Christ and to dwell based on the values of the primitive Church. This publication argues that the importance of those descriptions has but to be totally liked, and means that the origins and early improvement of crusading will be studied in the context of the `reformation' of professed non secular lifestyles within the 12th century, whose major figures (such as St Bernard of Clairvaux) recommended the pursuit of devotional undertakings that have been modelled at the lives of Christ and his apostles. It additionally considers subject matters similar to the significance of pilgrimage to early crusading ideology and the connection among the spirituality of crusading and the actions of the army Orders, delivering a revisionist evaluation of the way crusading principles tailored and developed whilst brought to the Iberian peninsula in c.1120. In so doing, the publication situates crusading inside a broader context of alterations within the non secular tradition of the medieval West. Dr

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21 Die Kreuzzugsbriefe aus den Jahren 1088–1100, ed. H. Hagenmeyer (Innsbruck, 1901), no.  164. 22 See Riley-Smith, First Crusaders, pp. 62–3. 23 Die Traditionsbücher des Benediktinerstiftes Göttweig, ed. F. Fuchs (Vienna, 1931), no. 55, p. 194. 25 Besides the sources that refer directly to the Gospel texts that Pope Urban was believed to have preached at Clermont, there is also a range of supplementary evidence that indicates the spiritual significance that contemporaries associated with the crusader’s cross.

88–9. See also G. Constable, ‘The Interpretation of Mary and Martha’, Three Studies, pp. 1–141. 129 See Lawrence, Medieval Monasticism, p. 150. G. Cushing, Reform and the Papacy in the Eleventh Century: Spirituality and Social Change (Manchester, 2005), pp. 130–3. 131 But Geoffrey of Vendôme, Ralph of Caen and Gilo of Paris were not the only writers to describe the appeal of crusading using the ideals of imitatio Christi. The chapter that follows offers an extensive analysis of many of the contemporary sources for the First Crusade, and begins by demonstrating the prevalence of the idea that the first crusaders were imitators of Christ.

217. OV 5, p. 6. M. Bolton, The Medieval Reformation (London, 1983); H. Leyser, Hermits and the New Monasticism: A Study of Religious Communities in W estern Europe, 1000–1150 (New York, 1984); G. Constable, ‘The Diversity of Religious Life and Acceptance of Social Pluralism in the Twelfth Century’, History, Society and the Churches: Essays in Honour of Owen Chadwick, ed. D. Beales and G.  29–47; G. Constable, The Reformation of the Twelfth Century (Cambridge, 1996). 95 The phrase originated from G.

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