Thomas Lecaque

Thomas Lecaque is a tenure-track instructor in the department of Global Studies at SUNY Orange. He was born in France, lived in Bulgaria for the first two years of his life, and grew up in Kirksville, Missouri. Thomas has a Ph.D. in Pre-Modern European History from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. in English with a focus on Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman literature from Truman State University, and a B.A. (also from Truman) in History with minors in Philosophy & Religion and English. He also spent two years of his undergraduate life at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he was a theater major.

Dr. Lecaque's dissertation, "The Count of Saint-Gilles and the Saints of the Apocalype: Occitanian Culture and Piety in the Time of the First Crusade," examines the importance of distinct regional identities in the performance of the First Crusade, focusing specifically on the territories controlled by and formative to Raymond of Saint-Gilles, Count of Toulouse, Duke of Narbonne, and Marquis of Provence. The unique cultural, religious, and political aspects of Occitania shaped the way the Provencal contingent on the First Crusade went about organizing, performing, and understanding crusading; the difference between Occitanian regions also helps us to understand the way Raymond of Saint-Gilles and Raymond d'Aguiliers perceive their actions and the role of the Holy Lance. This work offers a new vision of the First Crusade, one where universal motivations are less important than the specific regional identities of each crusading contingent.

Among other academic interests, Dr. Lecaque is broadly fascinated by religious and cultural identity of the medieval Midi (southern France), especially the period between the beginning of the Carolingians and the start of the Albigensian Crusades, the impact of regional identity on crusading, and Latin-Byzantine-Slavic relations in the Balkans. He also has a growing interest in the continuation of the medieval in the early colonial periods in the Americas.

Dr. Lecaque is a dual citizen of France and the US, and he and his wife have two sons, ages 6 and 2. In his spare time, he reads (for fun, no less!) and enjoys theater, acting, and hiking.

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