Evidence suggests that many women played an active role in the actions and culture of the Crusades. Gendering the Crusades stands as the first substantial exploration of this comparatively neglected topic.
Visions of the Crusades call up images of knights, soldiers, and priests. However, evidence suggests that many women played an active role in the actions and culture of the Crusades. Gendering the Crusades stands as the first substantial exploration of this comparatively neglected topic. Offering interdisciplinary readings of new and old sources that examine masculinity, gender roles, and historical narratives, these essays show the key roles played by women in the military, politics, and family life. From the Knights Templars' devotion to female saints to Anna Comnena's account of the first Crusade, all of the topics covered in the book look at the way society structures and imagines itself.
Table of Contents
James M. Powell
List of Contributors xi
List of Abbreviations xv
Crusading or Spinning 1 (15)
Virile Latins, Effeminate Greeks and Strong 16 (15)
Women: Gender Definitions on Crusade?
Home Front and Battlefield: The Gendering of 31 (14)
Papal Crusading Policy (1095-1221)
Constance M. Rousseau
`Unfit to Bear Arms': The Gendering of Arms 45 (14)
and Armour in Accounts of Women on Crusade
Michael R. Evans
Perception and Projection of Prejudice: Anna 59 (18)
Comnena, the Alexiad and the First Crusade
Philip Count of Flanders and Hildegard of 77 (17)
Bingen: Crusading against the Saracens or
Crusading against Deadly Sin?
Miriam Rita Tessera
Women Warriors during the Crusades, 1095-1254 94 (14)
The Head of St Euphemia: Templar Devotion to 108(13)
Helen J. Nicholson
Captivity and Ransom: The Experience of Women 121(19)
Women in Medieval Colonial Society: The Latin 140(14)
Kingdom of Jerusalem in the Twelfth Century
`Sont cou ore les fems que jo voi la venir?' 154(9)
Women in the Chanson d'Antioche
Susan B. Edgington
The Role of Kerbogha's Mother in the Gesta 163(14)
Francorum and Selected Chronicles of the
The Crusader's Departure and Return: A Much 177(14)