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Crusades and Pilgrimage

History and Heritage Research Seminar

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In this seminar from the School of Arts and Humanities, Dr Jan Vandeburie from the University of Leicester, will discuss a historical paper about the Fifth Crusade (1217–1221)

  • From: Wednesday 9 May 2018, 4.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 9 May 2018, 6 pm
  • Location: Mary Ann Evans, Room ABK 015, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham NG11 8NS,
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In this talk, The Reading of the Book of Clement to the Crusader Army in Damietta (1221), Dr Jan Vandeburie, University of Leicester will discuss the episode during the Fifth Crusade when the so-called Book of Clement, containing eschatological prophecies that were linked to the mythical Prester John, was read to the crusader army at the Egyptian port city of Damietta.

While the contents of this book are preserved in a handful of extant manuscripts, a number of scholars have shed light on the origins of this text, there has not yet been an investigation into the practicalities of reading an Arabic text with the help of local interpreters to a large multinational audience.

Dr Vandeburie aims is to shed light on the practice of preaching in a multilingual environment, on the identity and role of these interpreters, and on aspects of staging and performance of such an event. This paper serves as a case-study for a larger investigation into multilingualism in the Crusader States.


Jan is a lecturer in Later Medieval History in the School of History, Politics, and International Relations at the University of Leicester.

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Please contact Nicholas Morton

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Mary Ann Evans, Room ABK 015, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham NG11 8NS


Parking is available for external visitors on the Clifton Campus. Please arrive via the main entrance where you will be directed by the gate staff.

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