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Cluny and the Muslims of La Garde-Freinet: Hagiography and the Problem of Islam in Medieval Europe

Scott G. Bruce


In the summer of 972 a group of Muslim brigands based in the south of France abducted the abbot of Cluny as he and his entourage crossed the Alps. Ultimately, the abbot was set free and returned home safely, but the abduction outraged Christian leaders and galvanized the will of local lords. Shortly thereafter, Count William of Arles marshaled an army and succeeded in wiping out the Muslim stronghold. This book uses this incident to examine Christian perceptions of Islam in the Middle Ages. The monks of Cluny kept the tale of their abbot’s abduction alive over the next century in hagiographica ... More

Keywords: Islam, Middle Ages, Muslim, abbot of Cluny, Peter the Venerable, Second Crusade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452994
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott G. Bruce, author
Associate Professor of History, the University of Colorado, Boulder