Call for Papers: Crusading in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries: Encounters & Representations

Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East 9th International Conference: Crusading Encounters (Royal Holloway, University of London, 29 June–3 July 2020)

Deadline: 1 October 2019

Organisers: Charlotte Gauthier, Katherine J. Lewis, Francesca Petrizzo. Sponsored by the Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades.

In the prologue to his Godeffroy of Boloyne, published in 1481, William Caxton explains that when reading of Godfrey’s exploits during the First Crusade he discerned striking similarities between Godfrey’s time and his own. Just as Godfrey had fought the enemies of Christendom, so modern men needed to do the same; Caxton warns that, even as was writing, the Ottoman Turks were occupying Otranto in Southern Italy and from there threatening the whole of Western Europe. These dangerous circumstances compelled him to make Godfrey’s life available in English to offer inspiration and encouragement for a crusade. Caxton’s prologue is often cited as evidence of the continuing currency of crusading in the later Middle Ages. Crusading continued to be an actual experience for many men in this period, and for others it was an influential pious and/or chivalric aspiration. Yet in comparison to the wealth of scholarship considering the ‘classic’ era of crusading, there continues to be rather less investigation of crusading in the later medieval and early modern periods. We therefore invite papers which consider any aspect of crusading in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, relating to the SSCLE conference theme of ‘Crusading Encounters’. We welcome offers of papers from scholars working in the areas of history, literature, art, archaeology, musicology or any other relevant discipline.

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

· Crusading enterprises and encounters in specific geographic areas
· Crusade-related diplomatic encounters
· Encounters with the ‘Other’ and representations of alterity: Turks, heretics, and other crusade antagonists
· Memorialisation of crusading: national/familial/individual
· Artistic, literary and fictional responses to crusading
· Appropriations and representations of earlier crusades and crusaders as part of the contemporary rhetoric of holy war
· Intersections between crusading, chivalry and lordship
· Crusading and gender – in relation to women and/or men
· Medievalism: modern depictions of fifteenth and sixteenth century crusades and crusaders

Please send abstracts of c. 300 words to k.lewis@hud.ac.uk by 1 October 2019.