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The Spending Power of a Crusader Queen: Melisende of Jerusalem

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Abstract

Royal honor and authority in twelfth-century Europe and the crusader states normally depended on personal generosity, patronage, and displays of wealth.1 Every act of patronage or gift of support, lands, titles, and appointments made by a ruler to his or her subjects or vassals was charged with significance and part of an overall strategy of resource investment and spending policy to enhance his or her kingdom’s power, influence, and defense.2 At that time, the political power of all virtuous western European kings and queens, including those of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, was ideally kept and exercised by securing the peace, prosperity, and piety of their realms. They strived to spend their kingdom’s resources wisely, no matter how limited they were, in order to achieve these aims.

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Twelfth Century Historical Geography Spending Policy Church Building Medieval Study 
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