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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2031 The Crusades and Medieval Christendom

20 creditsClass Size: 42

Module manager: Professor GA Loud

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students taking this module are advised to have studied HIST2030 'The Crusades States in the 12th Century' in semester 1, but this is not obligatory.

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

We shall examine the Crusading movement in the thirteenth century, looking both at various Crusades and the surviving Crusading states in the Middle East, and the expansion of the Crusading ideal to encompass military expectations against non-Christians in other regions on the periphery of Christendom, and against schismatics and heretics within Christendom. We shall examine the reason for, and some of the consequences of, the destruction of the Crusaders states in Syria in 1291.


By the end of this module students should be able to:

- analyse and understand one of the most significant episodes in the history of medieval society;
- analyse the conflict and interaction of two distinct and separate cultures and value systems;
- analyse the development of the concept of 'Holy War' in relation to the changing circumstances of the 13th century;
- compare and contrast the development of different colonial societies in the High Middle Ages;
- develop an understanding of the use of original sources for medieval history.

Skills outcomes
Enhances Common Skills listed below:

High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.


The module will analyse and examine the later Crusades up to the final collapse of the Crusader states in 1291, and the various proposals for the revival of the Crusade in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. The society of the Crusader states in its later stages will also be examined, within a comparative framework, incorporating study of Crusader Cyprus, the Latin Empire of Constantinople, and the successful Crusades in Spain and the Baltic. Changes in the Islamic world of the Near East in the face of the Crusades will also be studied; as will the development of the Crusading concept to incorporate both Spain and the Baltic and Crusades against Christians.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours183.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, an assessed exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks, an assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayOne 2,000 word assessed essay to be delivered Friday of Week 730.00
Oral PresentationOral contribution10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

10% oral presentation is redone with 'an equivalent written exercise'

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/04/2009


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