Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades January 2022 Roundtable Discussion

Slavery and Slave Trade in the Later Medieval Mediterranean


25th January 2022, 5pm GMT

Chair: Norman Housley (Leicester University)

Contributors: Hannah Barker (Arizona State University), Erin T. Dailey (Leicester University), Ariana N. Myers (Princeton University), Craig Perry (Emory University)


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades November 2021 Seminar

Online via Zoom

17th November 2021, 5PM

ʾƎleni (regent 1507-16), ǝtege and Ethiopia’s only true own Prester John? (Adam Simmons, Nottingham Trent University)

Ecclesiastical Networks and Mass Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the 11th Century (Philip Booth, Manchester Metropolitan University)


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades May 2021 Seminar


12th May 2021, 8PM

Crusading violence and emotion in the early thirteenth century (Megan Cassidy-Welch, University of Queensland)

Virtuous or Vicious? An emotional perspective on Richard I's reign (Emily Abercrombie, University of Liverpool)

'Intimate Scripts' in the Chanson de Jérusalem: Another Approach to Crusader Motivation (Stephen Spencer, King's College London)


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades March 2021 Seminar

Online via Microsoft Teams

11th March 2021, 5PM

The Function of Emotions in Villehardouin’s Chroniques de la Conqueste de Constantinople (Holly Dempster-Edwards, University of Leeds)

“No People will Prosper who Appoint a Woman to Rule over Them”: Gender and Government in Muslim Sources for the Crusading Period (Niall Christie, Langara College)


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades February 2021 Seminar

Online via Microsoft Teams

11th February 2021, 5PM

Introduction by Jason T. Roche (Manchester Metropolitan University)

What can the Mongols' interfaith court debates tell us about why Islam and Buddhism succeeded where William of Rubruck and Christianity failed? (Jonathan Brack, Ben Gurion University of the Negev)

What can we learn from the Mongol conversion to Islam in the Thirteenth Century about the conversion of the Seljuk Turks to Islam in the Eleventh and Twelfth centuries? (Nicholas Morton, Nottingham Trent University)

Nomadic Universalism: An Argument for the Continuity of the Imperial Steppe Ideology (Luke Quinn, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Respondent: Timothy May

A video of the session is available in the Useful Resources section.


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades January 2021 Seminar

Online​ via Zoom

14th January 2021, 5PM

Introduction and NNSC Book Choice by Alan V. Murray (University of Leeds):

  • Hilary Rhodes, The Crown and the Cross: Burgundy, France, and the Crusades, 1095-1223 (Brepols, 2020)

  • Loïc Chollet, Les Sarrasins du Nord: Une histoire de la croisade balte par la littérature (XIIe-XVe siècle) (Editions Alphil-Presses universitaires suisses, 2020)

  • Making Livonia: Actors and Networks in the Medieval and Early Modern Baltic Sea Region, ed. Anu Mänd and Marek Tamm (Routledge, 2020)

"I can give no better or more authentic account of this"; The Sources and Intellectual Context of Peter of les Vaux-de-Cernay’s Historia Albigensis (Louis Pulford, Lancaster University)

Setting the Stage: Aristocratic Performance and the Eastern Theatre of Crusading Conflict (Nicholas Paul, Fordham University)


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades Fourth Symposium

The Crusades: Borders, Margins, and Interfaces

Nottingham Trent University

28th February 2020

9.15-9.45 Registration

9.45 Welcome by Natasha Hodgson (NTU)

10.00-11.30 Session One 

Chair: Natasha Hodgson (NTU)

  • Writing History on the Margins: William of Tyre and the Literary Construction of Outremer (Andrew Buck, University College Dublin) 

  • Bathing in the boundaries of the Holy Land: shared sacred space and Christian convergences at the Jordan? (Philip Booth, MMU) 

  • Fear of the Stranger: native and outsider identities in the rule of Levantine women (Chloe Riggs, NTU)

11.30-11.45 Tea & coffee

11.45-12.45 Session 2

Chair: Jan Vanderburie (University of Leicester)

  • The Relationship Between the Massacres of the Jewish Communities in 1189 and 1190 and Preaching of the Third Crusade in England (Iain Dyson, University of Leeds)

  • Border Force? Recruiting for the Third Crusade from the Anglo-Welsh Frontier (Kathryn Hurlock, MMU)

12.45-1.45 Lunch

1.45-3.15 Session 3

Chair: Katherine Lewis (University of Huddersfield)

  • Seas and Sees: Pisa fights above its weight in the period of the Crusades (Martin Hall, QMW)

  • Rebellion and Exile: The Revolt and Punishment of Hugh of Jaffa in Latin Christian context (Jamie Doherty, University of Leeds)

  • 'The Wrath of God and the Infamy of Man’: The Venetian Crusade of 1099-1100 (Edward Caddy, QMW)

3.15-3.30 Tea & coffee

3.30-4.30 Session 4

Chair: Alan Murray (University of Leeds)

  • An ‘Ottoman Fifth Column’? – Ottoman vassals and crusading in the Fifteenth Century Balkans (Robin Shields, RHUL)

  • Seeing the Unseen: Tracing African Diversity in the Crusader States (Adam Simmons, NTU)

4.30-5.30 Round table and NNSC open meeting

Chair: Natasha Hodgson (NTU)

Jason Roche (MMU)

Alan Murray (University of Leeds)

Katherine Lewis (University of Huddersfield)

Nicholas Morton (NTU)

5.30 pm head for pre-dinner drinks at BrewDog Nottingham, 20-22 Broad St, Nottingham NG1 3AL (about 10 mins walk from NTU)

6.30pm Dinner at Oscar & Rosie's, 8 Stoney St, Nottingham NG1 1LP (about 10 mins walk from station). Pizza place with good vegetarian/vegan options!


Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2019

The Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades sponsored 2 sessions at the International Medieval Congress this year:


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades Third Symposium

Crusading Identities

Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield

22nd February 2019

8.45 Arrival

9.00-10.45 Session One: Settlement and Identity

  • History and identity: the memory of the First Crusade as the origin tradition of the Latin East (Simon John, Swansea University)

  • Settlement, identity, and memory in the Latin East: some reflections of the relevance of the term “Crusader States” (Andrew Buck, QMUL),

  • Franks into Frenchmen: the Crusades and settlement as vehicles for cultural identity (Gregory Lippiatt, UEA)

10.45 Tea & coffee

11.00-12.15 Session Two: Late Medieval and Early Modern Crusading Identities

  • The construction and use of crusader identity in late medieval England (Charlotte Gauthier, RHUL)

  • “Il sera par vous conbatu le doubté Turcq”: crusading and fifteenth-century L’homme armé masses (Nicolò Ferrari, University of Huddersfield)

  • How to build a crusader: Torquato Tasso, Rinaldo, and the Estensi as crusaders (Francesca Petrizzo, University of Rome)

12.15-1.00 Lunch (including poster display)

1.00-2.15 Session Three: Warriors and Leaders

  • Crusading identity in the mausoleum of Bohemond I (Clare Vernon, University of Manchester)

  • Robert the Monk’s concept of the miles Christi in his Historia Iherosolimitana (Kenneth Coyne, National University of Ireland, Galway)

  • ‘Men of blood: the Church’s textual response to mercenary violence, 1179-1215 (Mark Robinson, NTU)

2.15-2.30 Tea & coffee

2.30-3.45 Session Four: Representing and Revising the Third Crusade

  • "My dearest friend, Elvida, abbess of Saint Julien”: rethinking gender and identity on the Third Crusade (Hilary Rhodes, University of Leeds)

  • ‘Making a king a better crusader: the revision of Richard I’s identity in Ralph of Coggeshall’s Chronicon Anglicanum (Stephen Spencer, IHR)

  • ”In frenssche bookys this rym is wrought”: creating crusading identity in French and English narrative poetry (Carol Sweetenham University of Warwick)

3.45 Tea & coffee

4.00-5.15 Session Five: Reputation and Identity

  • “Defending two cradles of Christianity”: the agency of Philaretos Braakhamios and the post-Manzikert contest for Antioch and Edessa (Nathan Websdale, RHUL)

  • Pirrus and the Siege of Antioch: depictions of a traitor (Jenny Markey, (Independent Scholar)

  • Hagiographic masculinity: the representation of Simon de Montfort in Peter of Vaux-de-Cernay’s Historia Albigensis (Mark McCabe, University of Huddersfield)

5.15 Closing remarks

5.30 End


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades Second Symposium

The Modern Appropriation of the Crusades

Geoffrey Manton Building 302, Manchester Metropolitan University

9th February 2018

8.45 Arrival. Tea & Coffee

9.00-10.45 Welcome and Session One: Memory and Commemoration

  • Memories of Crusading (Dr Elizabeth Siberry, Independent Researcher)

  • The Curious Case of Florina of Burgundy: Gender, Mythmaking and the Crusades (Hilary Rhodes, University of Leeds)

  • ‘Heroes and Martyrs’: the Role of Foreign Crusaders in the Commemorations of the Eighth Centenary of the Conquest of Lisbon (1947) (Dr Pedro Alexandre Guerreiro Martins, Instituto de História Contemporânea – Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

10.45-11.00 Tea & Coffee

11.00-12.15 Session Two : Appropriating the Crusades in Spanish Conflict

  • El Romancero de la Guerra de Africa and Other Episodes in Colonial Crusading (Prof Adam Knobler, Ruhr Universität Bochum)

  • From Civil Conflict to Crusade: Mobilization and National Identity in the Spanish Civil War (Dr Mercedes Penalba-Sotorrio, Manchester Metropolitan University)

  • ‘We Will Recover Al-Andalus!’ The Reconquista and Its Shaping of Modern Spain (Chloe Riggs, Royal Holloway, University of London)

12.15-1.00 Lunch​

1.00-2.40 Session Three: Appropriating the Crusades in Britain and the USA in the Twentieth Century

  • Crusading for Socialism, Fighting an Anti-Socialist crusade: British Socialism as a Crusade at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Dr Marcus Morris, Manchester Metropolitan University)

  • Woodrow Wilson’s Crusade for Democracy: Rhetoric and Reality in the Search for World Order (Dr Graham Cross, Manchester Metropolitan University)

  • Jerusalem Deliveree: the Resonance of the 1917 British Capture of Jerusalem  (Dr Mike Horswell, Royal Holloway, University of London)

  • The Great Crusade: D-Day and the Liberation of Europe in History and Memory’ (Dr Sam Edwards, Manchester Metropolitan University)

2.40-3.00 Tea & Coffee

3.00-4.40 Session Four: Twenty-First Century Appropriations

  • The Crusades in the Virtual Universe: an Historiographical Study Through Video Games (Dr Fernando Gil, King’s College, University of London)

  • Kek Vult: Crusader Imagery and Shared Identity in the Alt-Right (Charlotte Gauthier, Royal Holloway, University of London)

  • The Modern Arabic Historiography of the Crusades: Reliving the Past (Dr Mona Hammad, Independent Researcher)

  • Islamic State and the Creation of a ‘Crusader’ Narrative (Dr Jason T. Roche, Manchester Metropolitan University)

4.40-5.15 Closing Remarks


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades Inaugural Symposium


Geoffrey Manton LT5, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester

10th February 2017

10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee

10.30 Keynote Lecture

From Clermont to Mexico: The Changing Goals, Participation and Organisation of Crusading, 11th to 16th Centuries (Alan Murray – Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds)

11.30 Session 1

  • Bloodless Turks and Sanguine Crusaders: Racial Diversity in William of Malmesbury’s Account Urban II’s Sermon at Clermont (James Titterton, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds)

  • The Türkmen and the Crusades in Anatolia (Jason Roche, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Session 2​

  • The Diverse Portrayals of Richard the Lionheart in Crusade Narratives (Mark McCabe, University of Huddersfield

  • The Non-noble Cavalrymen of the Fourth Crusade: The Role of the Mounted Sergeant (Jack Beaman, The University of Nottingham)

1.00-2.00: Lunch in the Atrium​

2.00 Session 3

  • Hiding in plain sight: Providers of medical care during crusades to the Eastern Mediterranean, 1095-1274 (Joanna Phillips, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds)

  • Diversifying Christianity in the Crusader States and the ordo(s) of Jerusalem (Adam Simmons, Lancaster University)

Session 4

  • Diverse Articles of Inquiry: Episcopal Censure and the Redemption of English Crusaders (Ian Bass, Manchester Metropolitan University)

  • Narrative inconsistency in Philippe de Mézières’ accounts of the Alexandria Crusade, 1365 (Timothy Owens, University of St Andrews)

3.30 Roundtable Q&A followed by a Wine Reception

Sponsored by the History Research Centre and the Royal Historical Society

A report by Humanity Hallows on the Inaugural Symposium