Conversion and St Louis's last crusade

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Abstract

Arguments as to why St Louis diverted his 1270 crusade to Tunis from Jerusalem have been raging ever since the expedition returned to France. Although historians have recently agreed that the diversion was the decision of Louis himself, this consensus has not led to exploration of his reasons for crusading to a north African port cify. This essay argues that the diversion to Tunis is best understood in terms of Louis's ideas about conversion in general and his policy towards the Jews of his land in particular. The close parallels between Louis's Jewish policy' and the Tunisian stralegr suggest that these conversion policies led Louis to Tunis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-230
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Ecclesiastical History
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

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