Towards the end of the 1190s a Norwegian canon - his name is unknown - composed a dramatic account of the Danish-Norwegian expedition which, as part of the so-called Third Crusade, had left for Jerusalem some years earlier. Since 1187 the city had been in Muslim hands, and the Danish and Norwegian travellers set out to join in the liberation of the city. They came too late to fight, however, since a peace arrangement had been agreed upon by the Christian and Muslim leaders. In spite of this the canon makes the most of the heroic nature of the enterprise, drawing upon a series of literary and theological themes used in connection with crusading in the twelfth century.
Karen Skovgaard-Petersen er seniorforsker på Det Kongelige Bibliotek i København. Hun har bl.a. skrevet A Journey to the Promised Land: Crusading Theology in the Historia de profectione Danorum in Hierosolymam.
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"This little book draws our attention to the spread and weight of crusading ideology in Scandinavia and the significance of its influence upon age-old customs of travelling and war in northern Europe."
- Tore Nyberg, University of Southern Denmark, Ecclesiastical History, Volume 55/1, 2004
"Karen Skovgaard-Petersen is able to conclude very convincingly that the author of De profectione was most familiar with the contemporary "discourse on crusading"...
The study thus ventures into fields which have hitherto been much neglected in the scholarship on this narrative: its relation to contemporary crusading literature and crusading theology. It also stands as a corrective to the statement made by Christopher Tyerman in 1998 that the Historia de profectione Danorum in Hierosolymam contains no standard rhetoric of the cross (...) The study accompanies Karen Skovgaard-Pedersen's work on a welcome new critical edition of the text with a commentary and an English translation by Peter Fisher, which will, it is hoped, appear soon." - Ane L. Bysted, University of Southern Denmark, Crusades, vol. 2, 2003