Journals Higher Education
Important OUP's Response to COVID-19 Learn more



Published: 28 November 2019

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780198833369

Also Available As:


Also Available In:

Bookseller Code (AJ)

Emotions in a Crusading Context, 1095-1291

Stephen J. Spencer

Emotions in History

  • The first book-length study of the emotional rhetoric of crusading
  • Explores the ways in which two emotions (fear and anger) and one affective display (weeping) were represented in Latin and Old French narratives of the crusades
  • Identifies the various influences which shaped western chroniclers' approaches to, and representations of, emotions in a crusading context
  • Calls for greater sensitivity in using historical narratives to reconstruct crusaders' lived emotions, beliefs, and ideologies
  • Makes use of a broad range of comparative material to gauge the distinctiveness of these narratives: crusader letters, papal encyclicals, model sermons, chansons de geste, lyrics, and an array of theological and philosophical treatises