Remembering the Crusades: Myth, Image and Identity

28th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies

Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York City: March 29-30, 2008

Jonathan Riley-Smith, Aspects of Hospitaller and Templar Memory.

Attention is drawn to two examples of the past being recollected and recreated. In the first case, an account of a miracle, attributed in the 1160s to the founder of the Hospital, seems to have been deployed to heal bitter divisions within the Hospitaller convent. In the second, some Templars under interrogation in the early fourteenth century drew on reminiscences to saddle an earlier grand master with responsibility for the introduction of a blasphemous rite of passage.


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