chapter  19
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Adhemar of Le Puy, Papal Legate on the First Crusade

ByRobert Somerville

Only one known letter of Pope Urban II mentions Adhemar, and only one indication has been found regarding how the bishop thought of himself or was thought of by someone close to him. Adhemar the crusader must be discovered elsewhere, and much of the relevant information was presented in the articles cited above. The bishop also had an active posthumous career in late 10981099, reappearing several times after his death including during the assault on Jerusalem. Those visions attest to Adhemar’s general importance while he was alive, but they are not of great help in judging his accomplishments.4