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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : History

Undergraduate Course: The Crusades and Medieval Society (HIST10348)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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.
Course Delivery Information