On 30 June-1 July the SSCLE held its first online Postgraduate/Early Career conference, hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London. Over 240 people registered for the event, participants from 20 nationalities spoke in 16 panels and we had audience members from South America, the Middle East and Australia, as well as Russia, Europe and North America. The conference provided a fascinating platform for younger scholars to broadcast their research to their peers and to a wider audience, including the senior scholars who chaired the sessions. The chronological, thematic and geographical range of the papers was similarly huge – a testimony to the energy and diversity of the event; for the full programme see here. Gordon Reynolds (University of Edinburgh), winner of the Bernard Hamilton Prize for best Postgraduate/Early Career essay submitted to Crusades opened the event, chaired by Professor William C. Jordan (Princeton). Professor Nick Paul (Fordham University, New York), chaired by Professor Benjamin Z. Kedar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), gave a closing plenary by way of showing a senior scholar’s own ‘work in progress’ and sending us on our way towards our next planned meeting, the postponed 10th quadrennial SSCLE conference, now scheduled for 27 June - 1 July 2022.
As announced in an email to members of the society, the following were the electoral results for the 2020 election, which was postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. The announcement material is appended here:
We are pleased to announce the results of elections for the new SSCLE committee. A total of 202 ballots were cast. Here are the results:
Jonathan Phillips received 95.7% of votes in affirmation of his election as President.
Nikolaos Chrissis received 63.8% of the votes for Secretary, with Judith Bronstein receiving 36.2%.
Danielle Park received 99% of votes in affirmation of her election as Bulletin Editor.
Simon Parsons received 99.5% of votes in affirmation of his election as Treasurer.
Kyle C. Lincoln received 99.7% of votes in affirmation of his election as Webmaster.
William Purkis and Anna Gutgarts received 54.1% of votes for Postgraduate Officer, Andrew Buck received 38.6%, and Dirceu Marchini Neto received 7.2%.
Dear fellow members of the SSCLE,
We are saddened to inform our members of the passing of Professor Jean Richard, just two weeks short of his centenary. Professor Richard, Emeritus Professor at the University of Dijon, was a founding member of our society and its first president. He numbers among the great modern scholars of the crusades and his outstanding career as a medievalist included many other interests, among these as an eminent scholar of Burgundian history. He was a member of several learned societies, among them the Institut de France, the Académie des sciences, arts et belles-lettres de Dijon, the Société éduenne des lettres, sciences et arts, the Regional Association for the Conservation of Heritage of Burgundy, and the National Society of Antiquaries of France. He was recipient of numerous prestigious awards including those of Knight of Arts and Letters, 1991, Knight of Military Merit, 1963, officer of the Legion of Honor in 2000 and Grand Officer of Merit in 2004.
Professor Richard was known and respected by our members and by students of the crusades in general for his eminence as a scholar of the crusader period and the Latin East. He was author of several major studies in the field, and his classic work, Royaume latin de Jérusalem (Paris, Presses universitaires de France, 1953) remains today among the finest syntheses on the subject of Frankish history and society. He was a warm and kindly man and will be sorely missed by our society.
We send our deepest condolences to his family.
It is with considerable sorrow that we learn of the death of our distinguished member, Professor Giles Constable. Professor Constable was an eminent historian of the Middle Ages, author of numerous publications including many major works on medieval religious and intellectual history. He was highly regarded by his colleagues, friends and students, both as a scholar and as a kind and caring man.
On behalf of our organization, I send our deepest condolences to his family.
It is with the deepest regret that I inform our members of the tragic and untimely death of our colleague, Professor Ronnie Ellenblum. Ronnie was a outstanding figure in Crusader studies, a brilliant, bold and original thinker whose contribution to the field is beyond measure. Ronnie was more than a colleague for me. He was a personal friend. I spent several years in close contact with him when we-co-directed the project that he had organized at the remarkable Templar fortress of Vadum Iacob. I regard that period as one of the high points in my own career as an archaeologist. The opportunity to observe how his mind worked, to exchange and develop ideas, and the pleasure of his company was one that I cherished. Of the many and significant contributions to the field of Crusader studies and to the other areas of his interest, to his colleagues and students, there is much to say and much will be said. For the moment let me just, on behalf of our members, express our deepest condolences to his family in their tragic loss and to the academic community as a whole in the loss of one of its brightest stars. He will be sadly missed.
The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East wishes to offer its congratulations to a Former President of the Society, Prof. Benjamin Ze'ev Kedar, on the announcement that he has won two major prestigious prizes, the 2019 Emet Prize for Art, Science and Culture and the 2020 Israel Prize, the highest cultural honour presented for excellence in his field.
It is with great sorrow that we are informed of the passing of our former president, colleague and mentor, Professor Bernard Hamilton.
Bernard was Professor Emeritus of Crusading History at the University of Nottingham. He served as the fifth president of the SSCLE for the years 2008-2016. He was a major scholar and author of numerous publications including The Latin Church in the Crusader States: The Secular Church (1980), The Medieval Inquisition (Foundations of Medieval History) (1982), Crusaders, Cathars and the Holy Places (1999), The Leper King and His Heirs: Baldwin IV and the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem (2000), Religion in the Medieval West (2003) and The Christian World of the Middle Ages (2013).
Bernard was highly regarded by all for his scholarship and intelligence, and much loved for his character. As president of the SSCLE he did much to advance the organization and was renowned for his support of young scholars, in tribute of which the SSCLE committee established the Bernard Hamilton Prize in his honour, now in its second year.
I am personally sorrowed by Bernard’s passing. I was fortunate to have served for a number of years as his secretary on the SSCLE committee. What distinguished him was his patience, great charm and kindness. We send our condolences to his family.
He will be sorely missed.
Editors: Matthew E. Parker, Ben Halliburton and Anne Romine
Crusade scholarship has exploded in popularity over the past two decades. This volume captures the resulting diversity of approaches, which often cross cultures and academic disciplines. The contributors to this volume offer new perspectives on topics as varied as the application of Roman law on slavery to the situation of Muslims in the Latin East, Muslim appropriation of Latin architectural spolia, the roles played by the crusade in medieval preaching, and the impact of Latin East refugees on religious geography in late medieval Cyprus. Together these essays demonstrate how pervasive the institution of crusade was in medieval Christendom, as much at home in Europe as in the Latin East, and how much impact it carried forth into the modern era.
Contributors are Richard Allington, Jessalynn Bird, Adam M. Bishop, Tomasz Borowski, Yan Bourke, Sam Zeno Conedera, Charles W. Connell, Cathleen A. Fleck, Lisa Mahoney, and C. Matthew Phillips.
Dear Fellow Members,
It is with great sorrow that we learn of the passing of Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith. Professor Riley-Smith was a founding member of our society, well-loved and highly regarded by the scholarly community. His passing is a great loss and we send our deepest condolences to his family.
President of the SSCLE
Honorary Presidents: Michel Balard, Bernard Hamilton, Benjamin Kedar, Jean Richard
The database is a breakthrough revision in a digitized format of Reinhold Röhricht’s original Regesta regni Hierosolymitani (1893-1904). The 2016 Revised Regesta offers an expanded and corrected calendar of all the charters, other legal or formal documents and letters and inscriptions originating in the Latin East between 1098 and 1291.
All charters are rendered in English, in the hope that it will be useful to university teachers who want to introduce students to this extremely valuable range of medieval sources.
This immense project was initiated by professor Jonathan Riley-Smith of Cambridge University. It is carried on by Professor Riley-Smith in collaboration of an international scientific committee of crusades scholars
A ceremonial launching of the database took place at Cambridge University on August 15, 2016. Professor Riley-Smith, Professor Benjamin Z. Kedar, Professor Ronnie Ellenblum, and many others were in attendance.
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