This study seeks to bring together two areas of historical inquiry—on the crusades and on the liturgy—each of which has its own received narratives, specialized debates, and technical vocabularies. The following pages offer two mini-essays designed for readers who might wish an introduction to or overview of either of these areas as it relates to this book. The first offers a short discussion of crusades to the Levant with the aim of reviewing the main events and introducing the principal sources that will recur in this book. The second offers an overview of the various types of sources (that is, types of books) used in the discussion of the liturgy and some of the liturgical terms that recur herein. Neither is argumentative, and neither is comprehensive. The hope is to assure a shared vocabulary with readers....
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