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National Feeling and The Legacy of The Crusades

  • Jean Richard
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Abstract

Has national feeling played a role in promoting the history of the crusades since their own era? The sense of belonging to a national or provincial community was not alien to the mentality of the people of the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries, with more reason than those of later epochs. The local interests of some of the narrators of the First Crusade can be identified:1 Raymond d’Aguilers’s attention scarcely moved beyond the exploits and adventures of the count of Toulouse’s contingent to which he belonged; others remembered more of what concerned the Norman princes’ forces, or Godfrey de Bouillon’s Lotharingians, and we have, for example, the echoes of the mockery hurled at the Provençaux, or, during the Second Crusade, the Germans, whom the French criticized for being slow-moving.2 But the frictions between the various contingents, even if they sometimes led to brawls, remained marginal, and the chroniclers who mentioned them do not seem to have been driven by the desire to promote their own compatriots at the expense of the others.

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National Feeling Thirteenth Century Holy Place French History National Sentiment 
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