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Spring 2015-2016
* HIS 345 / HLS 345 / MED 345 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Crusades

Teresa Shawcross

The Crusades were a central phenomenon of the Middle Ages. This course examines the origins and development of the Crusades and the Crusader States in the Islamic East. It explores dramatic events, such as the great Siege of Jerusalem, and introduces vivid personalities, including Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. We will consider aspects of institutional, economic, social and cultural history and compare medieval Christian (Western and Byzantine), Muslim and Jewish perceptions of the crusading movement. Finally, we will critically examine the resonance the movement continues to have in current political and ideological debates

Sample reading list:
Jonathan Riley-Smith, The Crusades: A History
Thomas F. Madden, The Crusades: The Essential Readings

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will average 100-150 pages per week, and will include a selection of primary sources (in translation), as well some secondary material.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 5%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PDF option not available to History concentrators.

Other information:
Students will be asked to construct and regularly update a timeline of the main events, people and trends encountered during the course. The final version of this timeline will count for 10% of the total grade.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40181 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M W   McCosh Hall   60   Enrolled:29 Limit:40
40182 P01 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm M   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:9 Limit:13
40183 P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B24   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
40184 P03 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   48   Enrolled:8 Limit:13
43558 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled