|| HY35230 |
|| AGE OF THE CRUSADES:WEST & EAST 1070-1291 |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Bjorn K U Weiler |
|| Intended for use in future years |
|Next year offered
|| N/A |
|Next semester offered
|| N/A |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 2 x 1 hour lectures per week |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 10 x 1 hour seminars |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours ||60%|
|Semester Assessment|| 2 X 2,500 WORD ESSAYS ||40%|
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).
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
** Recommended Text
C Hillenbrand (1999) The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives
J Harris (2003) Byzantium And The Crusades
JV Tolan (2002) Saracens. Islam In The Medieval European Imagination
Joinville & Villehardouin Chronicles of the Crusades
Jonathan Riley-Smith (1987) The Crusades: a short history
Michael Angold (1997) The Byzantine Empire
PM Holt (1986) The Age Of The Crusades: The Near East From The Eleventh Century To
TF Madden (ed) (2002) The Crusades. The Essential Readings
(2000) An Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Age of the Crusade
This module is at CQFW Level 6