Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade

    Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade

    The Limousin and Gascony c.970 - c.1130

    Marcus Bull

    Oxford University Press 1998

    Hardback 342pp

    9780198203544   Product Code: 99261

    Focused on south-western France, this study examines the religious ideas of nobles and knights with particular reference to why men went on the First Crusade. Bull argues that Crusaders were inspired by religious ideology, but rejects the view that there was a parallelism between lay religious beliefs and the clerical intellectual position as articulated by Urban II. Among the issues discussed are: the 11th century Peace of God movement, the close contact between nobility and local monastic communities and the notions of penance and pilgrimage. (1993)

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