Peacemaking: Perceptions and practices in the medieval Latin East

Yvonne Friedman

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Abstract

The prevailing perception of the 1096 to 1291 era as one of Holy War, with peace far removed from the adversaries’ thoughts, is not entirely accurate. In fact, this epoch of Holy War was punctuated by interludes of peace, as indicated by the approximately 120 treaties mentioned in the historical sources. Although crusader society in the East and its diverse Muslim enemies never achieved a lasting peace, the intermittent ceasefires or treaties reached over this period enabled a fragile cohabitation that endured for two centuries. The entry into such agreements required bridging differing conceptions of peace and the lack of shared language and peacemaking mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Crusades and the Near East
Subtitle of host publicationCultural Histories
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages229-257
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9780203841976
ISBN (Print)9780415580403
StatePublished - 18 Oct 2010

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