The Crusades as seen from Western, Byzantine and Islamic perspectives

Course Dates: 19/01/23 - 23/03/23
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Online
The Crusades are the defining event of the Middle Ages. They brought the very different civilisations of Western Europe, Byzantium and Islam into an extended period of both conflict and peaceful co-existence. The biggest loser was the Byzantine Empire, which emerged shattered and doomed from the encounter. The biggest winner was Western Europe, which was brought in close contact with the older and more sophisticated civilisations of the East, and which found its own progress greatly hastened. As for Islam, the Crusades ensured that the Near East would be gradually brought under the long hegemony of the Ottomans.

This was an age of striking individuals – Alexius, Bohemond, Enrico Dandolo, Saladin, Richard the Lion Heart, and many others. It is an age filled with unforgettable – and possibly true – stories of heroism and atrocity.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00

Course Code: RC730

Thu, day, 19 Jan - 23 Mar '23

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will seek to describe and explain the causes and progress of the Crusades from the Turkish capture of Jerusalem to the final expulsion of the Crusaders from the Holy Land. Other aspects of mediaeval history and culture will also be covered.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The sweep of history in Europe and the Near East from the decline of Byzantium after 1025 as far as the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 Provisional lesson titles:

1. The Near East in 1071: The decline of Byzantium and the rise of the Turks
2. The state of Western Europe in 1097: The speech of Urban II
3. The First Crusade: Last barbarian invasion or first European imperial adventure?
4. Expansion of trade and the rise of Venice
5. The Crusader States and the Arabs: Conflict and co-existence
6. The Second Crusade: Jihad and Holy War
7. The Third Crusade: Richard the Lion Heart and Saladin
8. The Fourth Crusade: The shattering of Byzantium and the Latin Empire
9. The Other Crusades: Spain and Northern Europe
10. The decline and fall of the Crusader States.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

By the end of the course you should have a broad understanding of a set of political changes that continue to shape how the various peoples of Western Civilisation and the Islamic World see themselves and each other.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to everyone and does not assume any previous knowledge on the topic. As the course is taught in English, please read the outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be fully on-line, and there is no preparation work needed.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring writing material. A list of optional reading will be provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any other class on ancient civilisations. See the website for details.

Sean Gabb

Sean has been teaching Greek and Latin for a very long time, and he loves what he does. While not doing that, he's made the time to write around forty books. These include twelve historical novels, by "Richard Blake," and published by Hodder & Stoughton. They also include editions of Book VI of "The Aeneid," the "Historia Langobardorum" of Paul the Deacon, and various parts of St Jerome's Latin version of The New Testament. One of his science fiction novels was nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

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