Caffaro of Genoa and the Motives of Early Crusaders

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Using the writings of Caffaro of Genoa this paper explores the challenging relationship between crusading for God and monetary gain. The latter of these has been largely discounted by recent historiography, but examining Caffaro and placing the contribution of the (usually ignored) Italian crusaders in a context of Mediterranean trade and previous contact and conflict with Islam, it argues that we need to reassess the issue and to recognise the complexities of motives, especially in the framework of the maritime cities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion as an Agent of Change
Subtitle of host publicationCrusades – Reformation – Pietism
EditorsPer Ingesman
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-30373-7
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-30372-0
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2016

Publication series

NameBrill's Series in Church History


  • Crusade, Trade, Holy War, Medieval Italy, Genoa

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