HIS 350L • The Crusades-W
The Crusades were religious wars waged during the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries against non-Catholic Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Mongols. Almost all of the reading for the class will consist of primary sources written by participants of the crusades. Most of these sources were written by crusaders, but some come from the various "enemies" of the crusaders. Class discussion will cover not just the crusades themselves, but the reasons why Europeans felt it necessary to attack people of other religions and cultures.
Class Participation - 20% Seminar paper: first draft 20% Seminar paper: final draft 50% Evaluation of other students' papers 10%
Texts/Readings: (may vary slightly depending of availability of texts) Edward Peters, ed., The First Crusade. Anna Comnena, The Alexiad. Shlomo Eidelberg, ed., The Jews and the Crusades. Odo of Deuil, The Journey of Louis VII to the East. F. Gabrieli, ed., Arab Historians of the Crusades. Villehardouin, Chronicles of the Crusades. Robert of Clari, The Conquest of Constantinople. Joinville, Chronicles of the Crusades. Christopher Dawson, Mission to Asia. Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History.