Undergraduate Course: The Crusades and Medieval Society (HIST10348)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The crusades are a very distinctive and extremely significant aspect of the medieval world, whose influence is still deeply felt to the present day. This course aims to introduce students to some of their major themes, as well as their evolution through time from the 11th century to the end of the Middle Ages, and their interpretations by scholars. These major themes will include topics such as management, legitimacy, criticism of the crusades both within and outside Western Christendom, the background of the participants, warfare, the crusader states, as well as the legacy of the crusades. The course will also consider some key expeditions, from the conquest of Jerusalem to the late medieval campaigns. Moreover, it will not focus only on the crusades directed to the Holy Land and the Middle East, but will take a pluralist approach that considers also other theatres, from Spain to the Baltic Sea, as well as the crusades that involved Byzantium and the "internal crusades", that is, the crusades that targeted heretics and political enemies inside Western Christendom. Indeed, the same variety will apply to a series of primary sources that will be examined, which includes Western, Jewish, Byzantine and Muslim accounts, and thus portraying a great variety of views and different perceptions of the phenomenon.
Week 1 What were the crusades?
Week 2 Authority, legitimacy and management
Week 3 Who were the crusaders?
Week 4 Muslim, Jewish and Eastern Christian views
Week 5 Crusading warfare
Week 6 The first crusade and the conquest of Jerusalem
Week 7 The crusader states, their neighbours and the second crusade
Week 8 After the Muslim reconquest of Jerusalem: the later crusades
Week 9 Other theatres: Iberian peninsula and the Baltic
Week 10 Other theatres 2: Schismatics, heretics and political crusades
Week 11 The legacy of the crusades
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting Students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
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