Baldric of Bourgueil's Historia Ierosolimitana takes an ecumenical approach in describing the Christians of the east. Unlike other First Crusade historians who regard them as either worthless or heretical, Baldric considers Eastern Christians part of the 'familia Christi', the family or household of Christ. As such he argues it is the duty of Western Christians as members of the Christian family to defend their 'brothers' who are being harmed by those outside the family, the paper is an exploration of the themes of kinship, loyalty, just war and revenge explored in Baldric's history of the First Crusade.
|Translated title of the contribution||Baldric of Bourgueil and the Familia Christi|
|Title of host publication||Narratives of Crusade History (Suggested Title)|
|Editors||Professor Marcus Bull, Dr Damien Kempf|
|Publisher||Boydell & Brewer|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|