Nature during the Crusades : Physical and psychological affects from the environment in crusader narratives.

University essay from Luleå tekniska universitet/Institutionen för ekonomi, teknik och samhälle

Author: Camilla Gustafsson; [2016]

Keywords: crusades; Nature; crusaders;

Abstract: In this study, I have investigated what some of the crusaders thought of and how they were affected by the nature they encountered during the crusades. This have been done based on written sources from the crusades using the concept of Environmental imagination in medieval texts. The texts in this study have been chosen depending on their availability and their translation. The crusaders found themselves in a new nature that they were not prepared for and in which the enemy could hide in. The nature could also work as a moral boost for the crusaders confirming that God was on their side or work as a death-trap when they were led astray. It is clear that the crusaders experienced both physical and psychological effects from the nature that they encountered during the crusades. 

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