Anatomy of a Crusade, 1213-1221 (The Middle Ages Series) by James M. Powell

By James M. Powell

James M. Powell the following deals a brand new interpretation of the 5th Crusade's old and social effect, and a richly worthwhile view of existence within the 13th century. Powell addresses such questions because the measure of well known curiosity within the crusades, the non secular weather of the interval, the social constitution of the club of the campaign, and the results of the recruitment attempt at the outcome.

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Longnon, Compagnons de Vittehardouin. 26. Queller, Fourth Crusade. 27. " Raedts provides a detailed discussion of the primary and secondary literature dealing with this crusade. 28. Alphandery, Chretiente, 2:115-28. 29. Miccoli, "La crociata dei fanciulli"; Raedts, "Children's Crusade of 1212," 295-300. Brought to you by | New York University Bobst Library Authenticated Download Date | 2/11/15 12:53 AM This page intentionally left blank Brought to you by | New York University Bobst Library Authenticated Download Date | 2/11/15 12:53 AM PARTI PREPARATIONS FOR THE CRUSADE Brought to you by | New York University Bobst Library Authenticated Download Date | 2/11/15 12:55 AM This page intentionally left blank Brought to you by | New York University Bobst Library Authenticated Download Date | 2/11/15 12:55 AM CHAPTER I PLANNING FOR THE CRUSADE In April 1213, Innocent III summoned the Fourth Lateran Council and, in preparation, initiated a two-year period of planning for the reform of the church and the promotion of the crusade.

During daily masses, special prayers were to be said, asking God to restore the land consecrated by the blood of Christ to his worshippers. His earlier experience had also taught him that he could not rely on voluntary responses alone to produce a sufficient number of crusaders. " He requested naval support from maritime cities in an apparent attempt to avoid the problems with transport that had embroiled the Fourth Crusade with the Venetians. He also reinstated the ban on military sales to the Moslems.

2. Neither Mayer (Crusades, 205—6) nor Roscher (InnocenzIII, 14069) discusses the significance of this long period of preparation, especially in its aspect as a time for enquiry and experimentation. The best account of these questions is found in Raymonde Foreville, Latran I, II, III et Latran IV, 248-50. 3. " However, Delaruelle applied it to the ideas of St. Bernard of Clairvaux in his essay "L'idee de croisade chez St. Bernard" in L'idee de croisade CM moyen age (p. 163). The Bernardian inspiration of Innocent's crusade ideology is quite clear, but, as is shown below, he has moved well beyond the great Cistercian.

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