Emotions in a Crusading Context, 1095-1291 by Stephen Spencer

I was very excited to read Emotions in a Crusading Context, 1095-1291 by Stephen Spencer, as Stephen is teaching one of the modules I had this year. I think he is a very good teacher and I’ve enjoyed the seminars very much, I felt I learned a lot. I bought the book before I started the module, but I read it now, for an essay. This book is part of a series and there are a few other books in this series that I find interesting, so I might get a couple of them.

Emotions in a Crusading Context is very interesting and very well researched, although I don’t think it is for a wide audience. There is a certain level of previous knowledge needed to understand the context and all the nuances. It is a scholarly book, so it has less appeal to a mass market. That makes it perfect for anyone with an interest in this subject, as expected.

Emotions in a Crusading Context, 1095-1291 by Stephen Spencer

Emotions in a Crusading Context is not a widely researched topic, this being the first book-length study of the emotional rhetoric of crusading. The book has three parts: fear, weeping, and anger. It was fascinating to read about all these emotions and to see how complex these were presented.

Despite being a Medieval history topic, there are plenty of primary sources and these are used widely in the book. Fear is both acceptable and unacceptable depending on its origin. As for anger, it was the most interesting part of the book.

Emotions in a Crusading Context, 1095-1291 by Stephen Spencer

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Oxford University Press
Year it was published: 2020
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History – Medieval
Pages: 320

About the author: Stephen Spencer got his BA in History, MA, and PhD from Queen Mary University of London. He joined King’s College London in 2019 and teachers modules on crusades.
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4 thoughts on “Emotions in a Crusading Context, 1095-1291 by Stephen Spencer”

  • When a lecturer is engaging and informative too, that must make all the difference. So many academics are either one or the other, which can often lead to an audience which really isn’t ‘tuned in’ to what might be an engrossing subject. I am pleased that you were interested enough to want to read the book for pleasure as much as education. Have a lovely Easter weekend, the weather looks good, so I hope you get to spend some quality time together! 🙂
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    • Yes, it makes learning so much more exciting when the lecturer is engaging. The book is very interesting and the whole module was really good, I’m very happy I picked it.

  • So is the author the teacher for the class in which you’re doing the essay? It sounds like a very interesting approach – researching emotions in relation to the Crusades.
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    • Yes, he is my teacher, well, was, as the seminars ended. The essay I picked is on crusades and the relations between Muslims and Christians.
      I am very keen on the series, as it researches emotions within a different subjects, crusades, Renaissance England, in cinema under Stalin, and so on. The approach is new and exciting, it is a new field in history.

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