Module Identifier HY35230  
Module Title AGE OF THE CRUSADES:WEST & EAST 1070-1291  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Bjorn Weiler  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminar   10 Hours  
Assessment Essay   1 x 2,500 words and 1 x 4,000 word essay   40%  
  Exam   3 Hours   60%  

Module description

The module will attempt to introduce students to the ways and means by which civilizations interacted in the High Middle Ages, and it will do so by examining the political, intellectual, cultural and economic interaction between Latin Christendom, Byzantium and Islam. Students will gain a broader understanding of medieval Western society and its neighbours

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Demonstrate familiarity with a substantial body of historical knowledge in the field of the crusades, Byzantium and Islamic society.
b) Engage in source criticism, discussion and understanding of medieval attitudes and mentalities concerning religious and cultural minorities, both in the Latin West as well as the Byzantine and Islamic East.
c) Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of historical techniques relevant to constructing a plausible image of the past, and of gaging the attitudes, expectations and intentions underpinning the production and survival of the available evidence.
d) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts, in particular medieval chronicles and historical narratives, polemical writings and legal texts, largely from western Europe, but also Byzantium and the Muslim world.
f) Explore the relationships between history and other disciplines, particularly literature and anthropology.
g) Develop the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of particular historical arguments and where necessary challenge them.
h) Develop oral (not assessed) and written skills which will have been improved through seminar discussions and essays
i) Work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed).

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Jonathan Riley-Smith. (1987) The Crusades: a short history. Athlone
Michael Angold. (1997) The Byzantine Empire. London
Joinville & Villehardouin. Chronicles of the Crusades. Penguin
(2000) An Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Age of the Crusade. New York