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Preaching the Crusades : Mendicant Friars and the Cross in the Thirteenth Century - Christoph T. Maier

Preaching the Crusades

Mendicant Friars and the Cross in the Thirteenth Century

Paperback Published: 15th June 1998
ISBN: 9780521638739
Number Of Pages: 216

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This study throws new light on both the history of the crusades and the mendicant orders in the thirteenth century. It describes the way in which the Franciscan and Dominican orders became involved in preaching the cross and examines their contribution to the crusading movement of the thirteenth century. It explains the role of the papacy in organizing recruitment campaigns through the propagandist activities of the mendicant friars. The book also shows the friars' involvement in providing finance for the crusades, despite their vows of absolute poverty.

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'... a very useful and highly readable volume ... Maier brings to the fore the difficulty posed by the conflicting demands for resources for the different theatres of crusading, and the need to target and regionalise preaching ... a valuable and effective discussion of how crusades were preached and paid for in thirteenth-century Europe.' R. N. Swanson, The Heythrop Journal '... this is a valuable work, not least ... in its illustration of the mechanisms by which very particular pieces of information could be circulated to the more remote reaches of Christendom.' Reformation

The founder saints and the crusades
Pope Gregory IX and the early friars
Papal crusade propaganda and the friars
The organisation of the preaching of the cross in the provinces of the mendicant orders
Friars, crusade sermons, and preaching aids
The friars and the financing of the crusades
The friars and the redemption of crusade vows
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ISBN: 9780521638739
ISBN-10: 0521638739
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life & Thought; Fourth
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 15th June 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 15.34  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.29