In recent years, the Crusades have sparked renewed interest. Wide-ranging research has in part redefined what is now considered a long-lasting phenomenon. On the other hand, however, this vast number of studies have somewhat complicated the picture, so much so that today it is not easy to understand what we actually mean when we talk of “Crusades”. This book offers not only a relevant, coherent and useful overview of the findings of historical research, but also an original interpretation, which focuses on the oft-neglected relationship between the Crusades and Church reform. The author considers the repercussions on that era’s sense of religion; he sheds light on the relationship between actual events and their ideological backdrop; he explores its many metamorphoses; and he observes the rise of the myth of the Crusade in literature, art, cinema, up to the most recent creative adaptations.
Antonio Musarra teaches Medieval History at the Sapienza University in Rome.
Introduzione. Crociata, crociate
2. Le masse entrano in scena
3. Iliade di baroni, Odissea di mercanti, peregrinatio di pauperes