The Crusades and Family Memory in the High Middle Ages
Author: Nicholas L. Paul
Publisher: Cornell University Press
When the First Crusade ended with the conquest of Jerusalem in 1099, jubilant crusaders returned home to Europe bringing with them stories, sacred relics, and other memorabilia, including banners, jewelry, and weapons. In the ensuing decades, the memory of the crusaders’ bravery and pious sacrifice was invoked widely among the noble families of western Christendom. Popes preaching future crusades would count on these very same families for financing, leadership, and for the willing warriors who would lay down their lives on the battlefield. Despite the great risks and financial hardships associated with crusading, descendants of those who suffered and died on crusade would continue to take the cross, in some cases over several generations. Indeed, as Nicholas L. Paul reveals in To Follow in Their Footsteps, crusading was very much a family affair. Scholars of the crusades have long pointed to the importance of dynastic tradition and ties of kinship in the crusading movement but have failed to address more fundamental questions about the operation of these social processes. What is a "family tradition"? How are such traditions constructed and maintained, and by whom? How did crusading families confront the loss of their kin in distant lands? Making creative use of Latin dynastic narratives as well as vernacular literature, personal possessions and art objects, and architecture from across western Europe, Paul shows how traditions of crusading were established and reinforced in the collective memories of noble families throughout the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Even rulers who never fulfilled crusading vows found their political lives dominated and, in some ways, directed by the memory of their crusading ancestors. Filled with unique insights and careful analysis, To Follow in Their Footsteps reveals the lasting impact of the crusades, beyond the expeditions themselves, on the formation of dynastic identity and the culture of the medieval European nobility.
In Their Footsteps is a Genealogical compilation of approximately 900 individuals and the story of how this Palmer Family came to be and where it came from. As one might expect, the geography of a complicated genealogy such as this one has several disparate locations of importance. Thankfully, these ancestors chose to cluster around a select few well documented locales: New England, lower New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, Central New York State and the upper Saint John River valley in New Brunswick, Canada. It also tells the story of how and why Samuel Benson Leydecker chose exile in the wilderness of New Brunswick over the prospects of staying in the Hackensack River valley of New Jersey after the American Revolution.
A classic story from a master storyteller The quiet scandal surrounding the death of her parents has always haunted Beryl Tavistock. Now she's asking dangerous questions, and the answers are proving that the past does not die easily. Pulled into a world of espionage, Beryl quickly discovers that she needs help, and former CIA agent Richard Wolf is her only hope. But in a world where trust is a double-edged sword, friends become enemies and enemies are killers. "It's scary just how good Tess Gerritsen is…"—Harlan Coben
Rediscover these heart-pounding classics in an anthology with two thrilling tales from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen. IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS The quiet scandal surrounding her parents’ death has always haunted Beryl Tavistock. Now she’s asking dangerous questions and the answers are proving that the past does not die easily. Pulled into a world of espionage, Beryl quickly discovers that she needs help, and ex-CIA agent Richard Wolf is her only hope. But in a world where trust is a double-edged sword, friends become enemies and enemies are killers. THIEF OF HEARTS Reformed cat burglar Clea Rice has witnessed enough crimes to put her on the straight and narrow. But little does she suspect that her search for justice will land her in the arms of wealthy English gentleman Jordan Tavistock. As their attraction grows, so does the danger. Now their biggest concern isn’t whether a proper gentleman and a cat burglar can find happiness...it’s whether they’ll survive long enough to find out.
The stories of Bendigo ANZACs and their families over the 100 years since the end of World War One - heartfelt stories a century in the making. In the foreword, Ted Baillieu writes: "A timeless record of some of the stories shared, discovered and rediscovered during the Centenary years. Each is personal. Each is framed by family. Each is of service and sacrifice. But each is bound by a strong sense of community. These were Bendigo's finest. Their departure, their loss and their wounds, both seen and unseen, left deep trauma in the Bendigo community and the families left to cope - too often in silence. But these weren't strangers. They were family. They were neighbours. They were sons, fathers, husbands, school mates, team mates. They lived in Bendigo's homes - your homes. They walked Bendigo's streets - your streets. Attended Bendigo's schools and churches - your schools and churches. They were and ever will be Bendigo.
Do you have a heart for the nations? Do you wish to see people around the world come to Christ? So does Susan Newman. In THE LAND BEYOND...IN HIS FOOTSTEPS, she shares the story of how God called, prepared, and equipped her for years of service to Him in Asia. This inspirational story will encourage the new Christian, strengthen the weak, and embolden believers to serve the God of wonders. During Susan's time in China, she saw many people turn to the Lord as they witnessed His miraculous saving grace. THE LAND BEYOND...IN HIS FOOTSTEPS details her experience as an English teacher, her unfailing support of orphans, and many other aspects of her work as a Christian missionary in the "spiritual capital" of China. It is truly a tale of God using the weak and the foolish to confound the wise (1 Cor. 1:27).