Gaposchkin, M. Cecilia, Invisible Weapons: Liturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology, Ithaca/London, Cornell University Press, 2017; hardback; pp. xxv, 349; R.R.P. US$69.95; ISBN 9781501705151.

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Abstract

In writing Invisible Weapons, arguably the first ‘devotional history of the crusades’
(p. 6), Cecilia Gaposchkin has made an original and valuable contribution not
just to the modern study of the crusading movement, but also to scholarship on
medieval religious thought and practice. By privileging the study of ‘liturgy in
history’ (p. 9) as opposed to the history of liturgy, Gaposchkin’s approach to
her rich and thoroughly documented source material opens up insightful new
perspectives on the interdependence between crusading ideology and liturgical
texts in the medieval West between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages210–12
Number of pages3
Volume37
No.2
Specialist publicationParergon
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Invisible Weapons
  • Liturgy
  • Crusade Ideology

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