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By Caroline Smith

Crusading within the Age of Joinville complements the present literature facing the problem of crusaders' motivations by way of offering an in depth exam of the information and reports of these who promoted and took part within the crusades of Louis IX of France within the mid-thirteenth century. It assesses the chances and difficulties linked to the resource fabric to be had to historians of crusading within the 13th century and highlights the original nature and cost of John of Joinville's lifetime of Saint Louis. unique methods are taken to the research of those assets on the way to show their richness. the 1st of those is thematic and is hired to bare contrasts among the idealised photos of crusading depicted via its promoters and the reviews of these who replied to their calls to take the move. Secondly, the careers of Joinville and his shut modern Oliver of Termes offer prolonged case reviews demonstrating that involvement with crusading can have very diverse origins and expressions. total, Crusading within the Age of Joinville presents an leading edge and available learn of crusaders and crusading within the 13th century.

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