To follow in their footsteps is a work of very high quality nicholas l paul is fully conversant with the field of crusade history and the history of twelfth century england and the plantagenet realm. In to follow in their footsteps nicholas paul aims to tackle a fundamental question head on how aristocratic family memory of the crusades was constructed and to expose the variety of forces that went into creating shaping and transmitting it a chief strength of the book is the range of unusual elements that he discovers fed into . To follow in their footsteps is a stimulating contribution to each of the two subjects it covers its publication should mark a new phase in critical discussion about how the crusades were interpreted in the middle ages. To follow in their footsteps the crusades and family memory in the high middle ages by nicholas l paul when the first crusade ended with the conquest of jerusalem in 1099 jubilant crusaders returned home to europe bringing with them stories sacred relics and other memorabilia including banners jewelry and weapons. Nicholas pauls book to follow in their footsteps the crusades and family memory in the high middle ages is an extension of his doctoral thesis it provides a meticulous study of the lay nobilitys motivations for crusading and is predominantly focused on the twelfth century
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