The Children's Crusade: Medieval History, Modern Mythistory

Paperback | June 15, 2010

byGary Dickson

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The Children's Crusade was possibly the most extraordinary event in the history of the crusades. The first modern study in English of this popular crusade sheds new light on its history and offers new perspectives on its supposedly dismal outcome. Its richly re-imagined history and mythistory is explored from the thirteenth century to present day.

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The Children's Crusade was possibly the most extraordinary event in the history of the crusades. The first modern study in English of this popular crusade sheds new light on its history and offers new perspectives on its supposedly dismal outcome. Its richly re-imagined history and mythistory is explored from the thirteenth century to ...

GARY DICKSON is a Californian who has lived much of his life in Scotland. A graduate of Stanford and Yale, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, where he taught medieval history before becoming an Honorary Fellow. He gave the Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion at the University of Oxford and was a Mem...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 11.02 × 5.76 × 0.64 inPublished:June 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023024887X

ISBN - 13:9780230248878

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Table of Contents

Introduction (The 60's) * PART I: HISTORY * The Pope and the Pueri
Birthpangs of the Children's Crusade * On the Road * The Sense of an Ending * PART II: MYTHISTORY * Mythistorical Motifs (Holy Innocents--Jesus at 12, etc.) * Eminent Mythistorians * Magic, Prophecy, Apocalypticism * PART III: MEMORY * Later Medieval and Early Modern Writers * The Enlightenment and Romantic Medievalism * 19th Century Popular Fiction and Children's Literature * 20th Century History and Fiction * The Persistence of Social Memory

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“With erudition, Dickson has taken the scattered, fragmentary, and often contradictory evidence for the Children’s Crusade and produced a rich and compelling narrative.  Is it correct?  Dickson is too good a historian to assert that.  The sources simply do not allow it.  One is left, then, with the strong feeling that the fascinating story that Dickson tells may be true.  Or it may not.  And perhaps that is what mythistory is all about.”—Speculum