Fifth-Year Doctoral Student (in 2017-18)
Department of History
Project: Two Murders and a Coronation: Crusade and the Counts of Flanders, 1071-1204
This work investigates Flemish participation in the crusades during the long twelfth century. Specifically, it analyzes the ways in which the counts of Flanders sought to increase their prestige, both inside and outside the county, as crusaders. Several counts turned toward Jerusalem in order to solidify their positions in the aftermath of domestic crises. As a result, crusading became one of the ubiquitous activities of the Flemish counts. The association between the counts and crusading reached its zenith in 1204 when Count Baldwin IX was crowned emperor of the Latin Kingdom of Constantinople immediately after the Fourth Crusade.