Preaching the Crusades: Mendicant Friars and the Cross in the Thirteenth Century

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This study throws new light on both the history of the crusades and the mendicant orders in the thirteenth century. It describes the way in which the Franciscan and Dominican orders became involved in preaching the cross and examines their contribution to the crusading movement of the thirteenth century. It explains the role of the papacy in organizing recruitment campaigns through the propagandist activities of the mendicant friars. The book also shows the friars' involvement in providing finance for the crusades, despite their vows of absolute poverty.

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"...[an] excellent monograph..." The International History Review

"Maier's work will likely be valuable for many years to come for all serious scholars of the crusades, religious orders, and preaching in the Middle Ages." History

"Maier's Preaching the Crusades constitutes a very good introduction to the subject." The Historian

"Students of high medieval preaching will welcome this short elegant book." Religious Studies Review

"After centuries of neglect, crusade preaching has finally begun to attract the interest of scholars. Christoph T. Maier's study makes a fascinating and extremely important contribution to the burgeoning literature on this topic." James A. Brundage, American Historical Review

"Within its narrow compass, this book ably treats the large issue of mendicant friars and the cross in the thirteenth century....Maier's 'Preaching the Crusades' constitutes a very good introduction to the subject." Steven Williams, The Historian

"This book ought to be read by any scholar concerned with the history of and with opposition to these orders." E. Randolph Daniel, Church History

"Scholars and both advanced and novice students would benefit enormously from this well written and useful volume." Larry J. Simon, The Medieval Review

"Maier's book belongs in the libary of every college and seminary; the material provided here will facilitate a wide variety of further studies by scholars and students alike." Religious Studies Review

"Maier deserves thanks for an excellent job in making these sermons available." Catholic Historical Review

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The founder saints and the crusades; 2. Pope Gregory IX and the early friars; 3. Papal crusade propaganda and the friars; 4. The organisation of the preaching of the cross in the provinces of the mendicant orders; 5. Friars, crusade sermons, and preaching aids; 6. The friars and the financing of the crusades; 7. The friars and the redemption of crusade vows; Conclusion.

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