The course will provide an understanding of the challenges in establishing Christian control of the Holy Land. It looks at the history of the area from a Muslim and Byzantine viewpoint, with particular reference to the rise of Saladin and the jihad. You will study a wide range of primary sources to illustrate the above issues; materials from Frankish, Muslim, Greek, Armenian and Jewish writers will be employed.
- The Crusades and Eastern Mediterranean: Introduction
- The First Crusade
- Settlement in the Frankish East, Pilgrimage and the Military Orders
- The Second Crusade, 1145–49
- The Third Crusade: Richard The Lionheart and Saladin
- The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople, 1204
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- To be able to place the Crusader States in a proper religious and political context for both medieval Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.
- To understand and explain the changes in the size and form of crusading expeditions over this period.
- To assess the impact of the crusades on the people of the Eastern Mediterranean.
- To read, analyse and synthesise a wide range of secondary material assessing the value of this information in terms of historiography, argument and evidence.
- To write well argued, clearly structured papers using primary and secondary materials as appropriate.
- To study regularly and effectively and to meet the prescribed deadlines.
- Exam (80%)
- Essay (10%)
- Reflective journal and forum posts (10%)
- J,P.Phillips, The Crusades, 1095-1197 (Harlow, 2002)
- J.P.Phillips, Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades (London, 2009)
- J.Riley-Smith (ed.), The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades (Oxford, 1995)
- A.Jotischky, Crusading and the Crusader States (Harlow, 2004)
- C.J.Tyerman, God’s War (London, 2006)