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p. 136Conclusion Crusading our contemporarylocked

  • Christopher Tyerman


The Crusades are embedded in our mythical memory. The way that the history of the Crusades has been reported has coloured our current perception of them. The Conclusion considers why this has happened. The Crusades have been sustained, developed, and refined by popular and academic description and interpretation since. In the 15th century, studies of the Crusades tended to be polemic and self-interested. The 16th century saw a more independent historiography. The 18th century viewed them in a negative light, encourage by anti-clericalism. The following century saw the term being applied to any vigorous good cause, and hence the cult of war began. We should view the Crusades as they were in their own time.

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