New Course in European History
This course examines the rise of crusading in the medieval world. Focusing on the first three crusades to the Middle East, we will explore how and why people went on crusade, what their friends and wives thought of their going, and the general reception of crusading in the west. Equally, we will explore the reception of the crusaders in the Middle East, how Muslims and Byzantines understood the influx of westerners and the violence that ensued. The class will be a mix of lecture and discussion, with one research project, one group project, and two short papers.