By James M. Powell
James M. Powell right here deals a brand new interpretation of the 5th Crusade's historic and social effect, and a richly lucrative view of lifestyles within the 13th century. Powell addresses such questions because the measure of well known curiosity within the crusades, the spiritual weather of the interval, the social constitution of the club of the campaign, and the results of the recruitment attempt at the consequence.
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This point has already been noticed by Foreville; Latran, 247. 18. PL, 216:820. The text in Migne contains a misprint, which alters the sense of the letter at this point. " However, the Migne text (PL, 216:820) has "non. . " 19. PL, 216:822-23. 20. The existence of such reports is attested in a letter of Abbot Gervase of Premontre to Archbishop Simon of Tyre, written in the fall of 1217. Hugo, 1:34-35. 21. Pixton, "Anwerbung," esp. 168; PL, 216:822. For mention of another German preacher, Theobald, see RegestaRegniHierosolymitani, 2:58.
52. , 830-31. 53. , 831. 54. Roscher, Innocenz III, 287. Evidence to support this view is found in the summary of another letter written by Innocent to al-'Adil shortly after the Lateran Council. He asks that nuntii should be chosen to carry apostolic letters to the sultan, "and, if they can they should enter into a peace with him" if he would be willing to restore the Holy Land to the Christians; Theiner, Vetem monumenta slavorum, 1:64. Innocent was fully prepared to pursue negotiations all the way up to the beginning of the crusade.
Finally, some could not understand why crusade preachers would administer the crusade vow to so many persons who would be useless in combat. The chroniclers of the age viewed all of these initiatives with suspicion and mistrust, raising against them the traditional charges of greed and dishonesty that were the defense of local men against intruders. William the Breton spoke for a large number of his contemporaries when he wrote: Robert Coupon, legate of the Apostolic See, and many with him, were preaching through the whole Gallic kingdom.
Anatomy of a Crusade, 1213-1221 by James M. Powell