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Invisible WeaponsLiturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology$
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M. Cecilia Gaposchkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705151

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705151.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Invisible Weapons
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M. Cecilia Gaposchkin

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705151.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book is about the invisible weapon of war, i.e., the prayers and liturgical rituals that were part of the battle for the faith. It tells the story of the greatest collective religious undertaking of the Middle Ages, putting front and center the ways in which Latin Christians communicated their ideas and aspirations for crusade to God through liturgy, how liturgy was deployed in crusading, and how liturgy absorbed the ideals or priorities of crusading. The hope is that, in bringing this material together as it relates to crusading, in trying to connect the evidence of liturgy and prayer found in medieval liturgical books with the larger narrative of crusading, in looking systematically and chronologically at the rites and texts that were deployed for the success of crusading and during the crusades themselves, we can understand something important about the culture of holy war in the Middle Ages.

Keywords:   prayers, liturgical rituals, liturgy, Middle Ages, Latin Christians, crusades, holy war

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