Foundations and Locations

  • Alan Forey
Part of the New Studies in Medieval History book series (NSMH)


It is clear from this comment by the pilgrim Saewulf, who visited Jerusalem three or four years after the city had been captured by the crusaders, that the establishment of Western rule in parts of Syria had brought little security for those travelling in the Holy Land. The risks faced by pilgrims were also stressed by the Russian abbot Daniel of Kiev, who went to Syria a few years later and who described how the Muslims used Ascalon as a base from which to launch attacks on those journeying from the coast to Jerusalem. It was to provide necessary protection for such pilgrims that a group of Westerners formed themselves into a religious community in Jerusalem about the year 1120. Their leader was Hugh of Payns, who came from Champagne and who is thought to have been related to the ruling house of the county and to St Bernard of Clairvaux.


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