The pre-battle processions of the first crusade and the creation of militant christian communitas

During the First Crusade warriors and retainers participated with clergy in a series of liturgically prescribed penitential processions to demonstrate worthiness to God and achieve military victory. This embodied participation in liturgical supplication, usually reserved for clergy, bound the crusad...

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Published in:Material religion
Main Author: Gaposchkin, Marianne Cecilia 1970-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Taylor & Francis [2018]
In:Material religion
Year: 2018, Volume: 14, Issue: 4, Pages: 454-468
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Crusade / Preparation of / Procession / Order of knighthood / Rise of
Further subjects:B Rogations
B Holy war
B Ritual
B Liturgy
B First Crusade
B Embodiment
B Processions
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Summary:During the First Crusade warriors and retainers participated with clergy in a series of liturgically prescribed penitential processions to demonstrate worthiness to God and achieve military victory. This embodied participation in liturgical supplication, usually reserved for clergy, bound the crusaders together in a sacred community predicated on fighting God's war against God's enemies, who were, in this liturgical framework, defined as non-Christians. Further, participation in these rituals - routine in the West - necessarily took on new meaning when enacted in the Holy Land, thus endowing participation in the procession, and in the crusade, with greater devotional meaning. These ritualized processions thus materialized the ideological premises of crusade as a form of devotion melding penance and sacred violence.
ISSN:1751-8342
Contains:Enthalten in: Material religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/17432200.2018.1539572