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Thursday Talk

The Last Crusade? British Wartime Use of Crusading Rhetoric and Imagery, 1914-1945.

Thursday 17 March 2022

Ludlow Methodist Church

Mike Horswell

Why did British government propaganda, ministers in the Church of England, and members of the public mobilise the imagery of the medieval crusades in the First World War? What did they hope to gain through equating a modern struggle of machine guns, tanks and barbed wire with the supposed chivalry, cavalry charges and armoured knights of the Middle Ages? And why were the government's attempts to similarly enlist the crusades in the Second World War so unsuccessful in contrast? This talk will explore the British deployment of crusading in both world wars and put the modern use of the medieval crusading past in wider context.

Dr Mike Horswell is a historian who specialises in the modern uses of the medieval past. His book — The Rise and Fall of British Crusader Medievalism, c.1825—1945 (Routledge, 2018) — explores British usage of the crusades in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and he is a series editor for Engaging the Crusades, which examines modern perceptions of the crusades more broadly. He has recently taught at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London.

No cake and tea: but please bring your own.

Talk and Tea Series

Tickets (limited seating): £5.00 on the door.