Eugenius III and the Second Crusade

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This paper examines the contribution of Pope Eugenius to the preaching and organisation of the Second Crusade. Previous historians have written him off as ineffectual and give Saint Bernard of Clairvaux the main role in this event. This paper demonstrates that Eugenius and the circle he assembled around him were decisive in the launch and recruitment effort connected with the crusade and his ideas proved influential for decades to come.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPope Eugenius III
EditorsAndrew Jotischky, Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherUniversity of Amsterdam Press/University of Michigan Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018


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