Philip Augustus, political circumstance, and crusade
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Chapter five considers the various ways in which Philip II Augustus was remembered as a great crusader, despite failing to participate in most of the expeditions launched during his reign. By this point in the late twelfth century, as we will see, the crusading image had already been firmly attached to French ideals of rulership so that a king’s actual participation on the crusade was less important than the constructed heritage of French royal crusading.

Constructing kingship

The capetian monarchs of France and the early Crusades

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