Cross and the Crescent: Crusading and the Contemporary World Blog


1414 and 1914: the origins of ‘Prussianism’

1414 and 1914:  the origins of ‘Prussianism’

1414 and 1914:  the origins of ‘Prussianism’ Recent days have witnessed a heated debate between Michael Gove, the combative Secretary of State for Education, and Tristram Hunt, Gove’s shadow on the Labour benches, about the most appropriate way to commemorate the First World War. Reacting strongly against what he sees as  a left-wing tendency to […]

Eight centuries on: remembering the encyclical Quia maior 1213

Eight centuries on: remembering the encyclical Quia maior 1213

  Exactly 800 years ago, and irrespective of the host of problems they were already battling with  – ranging from predatory aristocrats to failing harvests – the prelates of medieval Christendom had to find time to absorb the content and think through the implications of a remarkable encyclical that arrived from Rome. This was Quia […]

The 800 martyrs of Otranto, the Vatican and the Turks

Otranto Cathedral

 ‘As we venerate the martyrs of Otranto, let us ask God to sustain the many Christians who, today and in many parts of the world, now, still suffer from violence, and to give them the courage to be devout and to respond to evil with good’. Pope Francis, 12 May 2013 The Pope’s canonisation of […]

Creating Croatia

Creating Croatia

For further information on the symposium that I write about here, see: These are exciting times for Croatia. In June 1991 the country declared its independence from Yugoslavia, triggering that state’s demise. The founding fathers of the new Croatia were reasserting a sovereign status that their ancestors had lost as far back as 1102, […]

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