Brendan J. McGuire

Brendan J. McGuire is Assistant Professor of History at Christendom College.

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Crusaders and Kings: The Contrast between Richard the Lionheart and Philip Augustus

The familiar modern image of the medieval knight—a creation of the Victorian romantic imagination, frequently appropriated by Hollywood—can be considered to be, at best, a distant and distorted shadow of its medieval literary ancestor, the knight of the chanson de geste.  Knightly virtue, in the modern period, is believed to have consisted in raw physical … Read more

Al Sayyid: The Crusading Valor of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar

It has long been fashionable to disparage the notion that one can derive historical insight from medieval poems; an exception to this tendency can be found in the Castilian martial epic Poema del mio Cid, which displays a surprising fidelity to the documented facts of its hero’s life.   Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, known to history … Read more

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