Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem

21 Nov, 2019 900 History

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the most powerful woman in the Crusader states in the century after the First Crusade. Melisende (1105-61) was born and raised after the mainly Frankish crusaders had taken Jerusalem from the Fatimids, and her father was King of Jerusalem. She was married to Fulk from Anjou, on the understanding they would rule together, and for 30 years she vied with him and then their son as they struggled to consolidate their Frankish state in the Holy Land. The image above is of the coronation of Fulk with Melisende, from Livre d’Eracles, Guillaume de Tyr (1130?-1186) Source: Bibliotheque nationale de France

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  • Natasha Hodgson No other episodes
    Senior Lecturer in Medieval History and Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Nottingham Trent University
  • Katherine Lewis 5 episodes
    Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Huddersfield
  • Danielle Park No other episodes
    Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London

Reading list

  • Medieval Women
    Derek Baker (ed.) (Blackwell, 1978) Google Books →
  • The Crusader States
    Malcolm Barber (Yale University Press, 2012) Google Books →
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    Theresa Earenfight (ed.) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) Google Books →
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    Theresa Earenfight (Palgrave, 2012) Google Books →
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    Susan B. Edgington and Sarah Lambert (eds,) (University of Wales Press, 2001) Google Books →
  • Women, Crusading and the Holy Land in Historical Narrative
    Natasha R. Hodgson (Boydell Press, 2017) Google Books →
  • Reassessing the Roles of Women as 'Makers' of Medieval Art and Architecture
    Therese Martin (ed.) (Brill, 2015) Google Books →
  • Fulk and Melisende: King and Queen of Jerusalem
    Danielle Park (forthcoming - Routledge, 2021) Google Books →
  • Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades
    Jonathan Phillips (Vintage, 2010) Google Books →
  • The Churches of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem: A Corpus: vol. III, The City of Jerusalem
    Denys Pringle (Cambridge University Press, 2007) Google Books →
  • The Crusader Armies
    Steve Tibble (Yale University Press, 2018) Google Books →

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello, Melisande was Queen of Jerusalem in the 12th century AD and held power there alongside three different kings.