This work provides an exploration of the issue of gender in relation to the crusades. It discusses a range of subjects, from the medieval construction of gender to the military participation of women in the crusades. It provides both readings of well-known texts and examinations of newer source material, as well as discussing other topics such as masculinity, the role of female saints and religious figures in the crusades, and the realtionship of crusaders to their families.
"As the first major attempt at a gendered approach to the crusades, it will be an essential text for all those interested in the study of the crusades and the Latin East, gender history, and the cultural contexts of medieval warfare." Bollettino del CIRT