Eldevik’s Article in Medieval Studies Journal
A research article by Associate Professor of History John Eldevik appears in the 2016 volume of the medieval studies journal Traditio.
“Saints, Pagans, and the Wonders of the East: The Medieval Imaginary and its Manuscript Contexts” examines a 12th-century manuscript that contains a diverse collection of texts relating to holy war, the Crusades and religious conflict between pagans and Christians. The manuscript is housed in the university library in Darmstadt, Germany.
In a close reading of the codex as a single, unified project, Eldevik argues that the miscellany was assembled as a way to help readers in the later 12th century come to terms with the defeat of the Second Crusade and place the struggle of Christians against the forces of unbelief in the broader, long-term context of salvation history.