(a me piacerebbe capire quanto – di quel modo di interpretare il mondo – è rimasto nell’immaginario collettivo: e come questo immaginario collettivo influenza – oggi – il modo di percepire la Turchia)
Norman Housley, Crusading and the Ottoman Threat, 1453-1505 (Oxford University Press, 2013)
The fifty years that followed Mehmed II’s capture of Constantinople in 1453 witnessed a substantial attempt to revive the crusade as the principal military mechanism for defending Christian Europe against the advance of the Ottoman Turks. Norman Housley’s study investigates the origins, character, and significance of this ambitious programme. He locates it against the broad background of crusading history, and assesses the extent to which protagonists and lobbyists for a crusade managed to refashion crusading to meet the Turkish threat, combining traditional practices with new outlooks and techniques. He pays particular attention to diplomatic exchanges and political decision-making, military organization, communication, and devotional behaviour.
Table of Contents
2: Underpinnings: antagonisms and allegiances
3: Strategy, mobilization, and control
4: Recruitment and finance
6: Indulgences and the crusade against the Turks