The representation of the crusades in the songs attributed to Thibaud, Count Palatine of Champagne

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Abstract

Thibaud of Champagne (1201-1253) was count of Champagne and, from 1234, king of Navarre. He was an accomplished poet, and indeed is better known as a chansonnier than as a statesman, although he was involved in many of the most important political struggles in France and led a crusade to the East. Several songs attributed to him deal with crusading. A fresh reading of these poems affords an opportunity to penetrate the mental world of a representative member of the French aristocracy in the first half of the thirteenth century, and it confirms Jonathan Riley-Smith's famous observation that, in the Catholic ethical universe of the time, crusading was an 'act of love'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Medieval History
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History

Keywords

  • Chanson
  • Crusade
  • Jews
  • Thibaud IV

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