9780521877923

Jerusalem in Medieval Narrative

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521877923

  • ISBN10:

    052187792X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-12-01
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

During the early medieval period, crusading brought about new ways of writing about the city of Jerusalem in Europe. By creating texts that embellished the historical relationship between the Holy City and England, English authors endowed their nation with a reputation of power and importance. In Jerusalem in Medieval Narrative, Suzanne Yeager identifies the growth of medieval propaganda aimed at rousing interest in crusading, and analyzes how fourteenth-century writers refashioned their sources to create a substantive (if fictive) English role in the fight for Jerusalem. Centering on medieval identity, this study offers new assessments of some of the fourteenth century's most popular works, including English pilgrim itineraries, political treatises, the romances Richard, Coeur de Lion and The Siege of Jerusalem, and the prose Book of Sir John Mandeville. This study will be an essential resource for the study of medieval literary history, travel, crusade, and the place of Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
List of Abbreviationsp. viii
Introduction: texts and contextsp. 1
Pilgrimage to Jerusalem: three accounts by English authorsp. 17
Craving heritage: portrayals of Richard I and the English quest for Jerusalem in Richard, Coer de Lyonp. 48
The crusade of the soul in The Siege of Jerusalemp. 78
The Book of Sir John Mandeville: text of pilgrimage and spiritual reformp. 108
Beyond the Celestial and Terrestrial Jerusalem: the Promised Land in western Christendomp. 135
Conclusionp. 164
Notesp. 173
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 248
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