Introduction: Material Religion in the Crusading World

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This short essay introduces Material Religion in the Crusading World,
a special issue that brings together a group of scholars from a range
of disciplinary backgrounds working on aspects of Latin Christian
material religion between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries. The
particular focus of the special issue is on the materiality of devotion
across the “crusading world”—a space that is broadly defined as
those parts of medieval Europe and the Near East that were in some
way affected by the experience of transcultural religious violence,
whether directly, such as in Christendom’s frontier regions in the
Holy Land and the Iberian Peninsula, or indirectly, such as the
heartlands of Latin Christianity in England, France, Germany and
Italy. Taken together, the papers within the special issue explore
the medieval crusading movement as material religion, with a
particular focus on bodies, things, and spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-437
Number of pages4
JournalMaterial Religion The Journal of Objects Art and Belief
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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