THE CRUSADES, 1095-1274 HIST4029

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

What made men and women take the Cross to travel thousands of miles by sea or across inhospitable terrain to fight God's war against the infidel? How did they prepare for this venture, financially, materially and spiritually? What was the impact of their departure upon the West, for their families, neighbours and co-religionists? These and many other questions are addressed in this module, which places particular emphasis on how Crusades emerged from (and profoundly changed) western thinking on peace and violence, from the time of the First Crusade down to the Second Council of Lyons. We explore the origins of crusades, how crusade was preached, financed and organised, and how crusading itself evolved over the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. This course will be of particular interest to those interested in crusading as a mass movement of religious enthusiasm in the medieval west.


Twice weekly

Requirements of Entry

normal entry requirements to Honours

Excluded Courses





Essay: 20% (2000 words approximately), Seminar work: 10% (seminar paper 6% and seminar contribution 4%), Examination: 70% (120 minutes duration)

Main Assessment In: April/May