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Carmen In Victoriam Pisanorum

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This chapter presents a short description of the book Carmen in victoriam Pisanorum, 'Poem on the victory of the Pisans' on christian-muslim relations. This is a poem in 73 stanzas celebrating the Pisan and Genoan attack on Mahdiyya (Tunisia) in 1087. The poet is clearly a Pisan cleric; he makes frequent allusions to biblical, particularly Old Testament, persons and events. The poem is an epic evocation of the Pisan struggle against the forces of evil, a paean to the victory that God granted to his faithful over his enemies. This poem, written just a few years before Urban II's call for the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont in 1095, has been seen as expressing a vision of holy war against Muslims which will subsequently come to full fruition during the First Crusade.

Keywords: Carmen in victoriam pisanorum; christian-muslim relations; First Crusade



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