Frankish Misconceptions

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Jotishcky, in his article ‘Franks and Natives in the Crusader States.” refutes several commonly held misconceptions about the relationships between Frankish Crusaders and the indigenous communities which they encountered along their path to Jerusalem during the First Crusade. The notion that these communities were respected by the Franks simply because they were fellow Christians is something that Jotishcky calls into question, instead proposing that Franks were often perturbed by the particular way in which these Christians chose to practice their particular subset of Christianity, with different customs and rituals abounding. Another interesting misconception that Jotishcky chooses to tackle is the idea of the Crusaders differentiating people on the basis of Christian and non-Christian when really most of the Frankish conquerors instead separated people into groups of Frankish and non-Frankish. An example he uses to justify this kind of thinking about Frankish identity is the change in taxation where instead of heavily taxing all non-Muslims, now indigenous people were taxed at these rates regardless of faith by the…show more content…
These people were definitely sharing cultural ideas and marrying one another, at least at the upper echelons of society and most likely also at the bottom as well. However, Jotishcky seeks to point out that this cultural exchange was definitely more begrudging than many historians would like to admit, with the Franks still keeping an iron fisted hold on their sense of elitism. In both articles, Jotishcky urges scholars to reexamine the evidence and to find a happy middle ground between older, commonly held

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