‘O Damietta’ : War memory and crusade in thirteenth-century Egypt

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Cassidy-Welch, Megan. (2014). ‘O Damietta’ : War memory and crusade in thirteenth-century Egypt. Journal of Medieval History. 40(3), p. 346–360. https://doi.org/10.1080/03044181.2014.917835
AuthorsCassidy-Welch, Megan

The Egyptian port city of Damietta was a place which occupied a brief but important position in the crusading imaginary of the thirteenth century. This article examines how this city was used both to communicate particular memories of war experience and to lay down future patterns of remembrance. Processes of eyewitnessing, establishing the wider meaning of war, creating a warrior tradition and affirming the value of location or place were all ways in which war memory was articulated during the crusading period. Through an exploration of crusader encounters with the city of Damietta, this article offers some new insights into the nature and importance of medieval memory and remembrance of war.

Keywordsmemory; crusades; Damietta; Egypt; Fifth Crusade; place; remembrance
JournalJournal of Medieval History
Journal citation40 (3), p. 346–360
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/03044181.2014.917835
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84903694395
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range346–360
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online02 Jun 2014
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Accepted09 Mar 2014
Deposited22 Jun 2021
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