Jerusalem and the Cross in the Life and Writings of Ademar of Chabannes


The tenth and eleventh centuries are pivotal for the history of the West. The writings of Ademar of Chabannes, many of which are still unpublished, offer numerous insights into why these changes were occurring. Because his promotion of the cult of St. Martial of Limoges contains much that is exaggerated or even untrue, his writings have been viewed with suspicion. What this book seeks to do is make clear that such distrust is justified, but that there is much material in those manuscripts throwing light on the origins of the crusades, the rise of heresy, the great feudal warfare and the reality of apocalyptic fear.
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Biographical Note

Daniel F. Callahan, Ph.D. 1968, University of Wisconsin, Madison is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Delaware. Over the past 50 years he has published many articles on the manuscripts of Ademar of Chabannes.

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“thoughtful and deeply learned”
G.A. Loud, University of Leeds. In: Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 68. No. 4 (October 2017), pp. 840-841.

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Chapter One - Background: The Attraction of Jerusalem for Pilgrims in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries

Chapter Two - Ademar of Chabannes: His Life and Writings

Chapter Three - Ademar on the Celebration of the Cross by Constantine, Heraclius, and Charlemagne

Chapter Four - Jerusalem Pilgrims from the West Frankish Kingdom in the Tenth and Early Eleventh Centuries in Ademar’s Writings

Chapter Five - Ademar’s Alpha Perspective on Jerusalem and the Cross

Chapter Six - Ademar’s Omega Perspective on Jerusalem and the Cross

Chapter Seven - Ademar’s Own Pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1033 and His Death

Chapter Eight - Conclusion



Scholars working on such subjects as the origins of the crusades, the development of the intellectual life in the period and changes in the liturgy.

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