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Title: Encounter between Enemies: Captivity and Ransom in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem
Author: Friedman, Yvonne
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2002
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004117068
Volumes: 1; Pages: xxiv, 296
List Price in Cloth: $148.00 Our price: $124.99
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This fascinating study examines the customs, legal codes, and socioeconomic mechanisms that evolved from the initial Christian-Muslim encounter on Crusader battlefields. It pinpoints changes in European mentality, and conduct of war, tracing acculturation processes in Frankish society in the Levant. These changes emerged from the need to redeem captives, making payment of ransom to the infidel conceivable and acceptable. The book pays special attention to the story of the vanquished, to the situation of women, to the behavior of the Military Orders toward captives, and to the image of the captive in Crusader literature, in the context of making war and peace.Winner of the 2002 Izhak Ben-Zvi Prize (awarded every year for an outstanding publication in the field of Land of Israel studies in memory of the second president of the State of Israel, Izhak Ben-Zvi).