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Leeds International Medieval Congress
July 2023

The Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades sponsored 3 sessions at this year's International Medieval Congress:

Session Number 1216: Digital History and New Directions in Crusade Studies, I: Surveying, Visualising, and Analysing Textual and Material Networks and and Entanglements

Date/Time: Wednesday 5th July, 14:15-15:45

Sponsor: Digital History & New Directions in Crusade Studies Network / Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades / Centre for the Study of Religion & Conflict

Organiser: Natasha Ruth Hodgson, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University / Jason T. Roche, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Moderator: Natasha Ruth Hodgson, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University

Abstract: The first of two sessions on Digital History and New Directions in Crusade Studies introduces three projects that employ digital resources to survey, visualise, and analyse textual and material networks and entanglements. Alexander Marx harvests existing databases to catalogue and categorise references to the Roman conquest of Jerusalem in 70 AD and fuses this data with his own database on the reception of the conquest in the Middle Ages. Focusing on those regions in the eastern Mediterranean under Latin rule in the 12th-15th centuries, Rafca Nasr is developing a digital research tool that will provide an extensive corpus of data on, and a systematic overview of female images belonging to various artistic media, while Isabelle Ortega and Anne Tchounikine are creating a digital resource to study, visualise and analyse noble family networks and their entanglements.

Paper a: The Medieval Reception of the Roman Conquest of Jerusalem in 70 AD: Exploiting Digital Resources on a Seminal Historical Event

Language: English

Alexander Marx, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien

Paper b: Female Representation in the Latin East: An Extensive Digital Database

Language: English

Rafca Nasr, Département d'histoire de l'art et d'archéologie, Université de Fribourg

Paper c: Les réseaux nobiliaires au risque de l'Histoire dans l'Oultremer latin

Language: French

Isabelle Ortega, Risques chroniques émergents (CHROME - EA 7352), Université de Nîmes
Anne Tchounikine, Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d'information (LIRIS - UMR 5205), Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon

Session Number 1316: Digital History and New Directions in Crusade Studies, II: Tools and Possibilities

Date/Time: Wednesday 5th July, 16:30-18:00

Sponsor: Digital History & New Directions in Crusade Studies Network / Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades / Centre for the Study of Religion & Conflict

Organiser: Natasha Ruth Hodgson, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University / Jason T. Roche, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Moderator: Kathryn Hurlock, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Abstract: The second session on Digital History and New Directions in Crusade Studies explores a variety of digital tools with potential for driving forward research in the field. Natasha Hodgson will first seek to assess the needs of crusades scholars in terms of digital resources and then identify readily available digital tools than can enhance research as well as accessibility. Kate Arnold investigates how new digital tools in the field of experimental, virtual, archaeological acoustics may help recreate battle soundscapes during the crusades.

Paper a: Digital Tools for Crusader Studies

Language: English

Natasha Ruth Hodgson, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University

Paper b: Battles in the Crusading Soundscape

Language: English

Kate Arnold, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University

Session Number 1416: Digital History and New Directions in Crusade Studies, III: A Round Table Discussion

Date/Time: Wednesday 5th July, 19:00-20:00

Sponsor: Centre for the Study of Religion & Conflict, Nottingham Trent University

Organiser: Natasha Ruth Hodgson, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University

Moderator: Natasha Ruth Hodgson, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University

Abstract: This session aims to build on two additional paper sessions set up by the newly established network for Digital History and New Directions in Crusade Studies, of which Roche and Hodgson are founder members. It will incorporate representatives from established digital projects including the Database of Crusaders to the Holy Land and the Revised Regesta Regni Hierosolymitani, which is undergoing significant development through the forthcoming year. However, it also seeks to identify and showcase new, needs-based approaches for digital tools in relation to crusader studies and explore future possibilities for potential to advance research in this area.

Participants include José Andres Porras (University of Oxford), Myra Miranda Bom (University of London / University of Cambridge), Anna Gutgarts (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), and Alan V. Murray (University of Leeds).

Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades Sixth Symposium

University of Leicester

Friday 24th March 2023

9.00 Registration

9.45 Welcome and Introductions

10.00-11.00 Primary Source Session 1: Crusading and the 'Other'

Dr Francesca Petrizzo (University of Glasgow): The Hystoria de via and the Baptism of a Turkish Prisoner

Rafael Bendl (Federal University of Sao Paulo): The Historia Ierosolimitana of Albert of Aachen and Jewish Communities

11.15 Primary Source Session 2: Popular Devotion

Dr Alan Murray (University of Leeds): Exempla in Chronicles of the Teutonic Order in Prussia

Maria Thomas (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): Mary Magdalene in a Twelfth Century Syriac Manuscript (Lyon, Bibliotheque Muncipale MS 1)

12.15 Lunch

1.00-2.00 Training Session 1: Special Collections

Beyond the Words: Codicology and the Context of Manuscript Production and Use

Crusading Historiography: Printed Books as Primary Sources

2.15 Primary Source Session 3: Chronicles

Lorenzo Mercuri (Sapienza Universita di Roma/Nottingham Trent University Visiting Fellow): Matthew Paris' Chronica Majora and the Knights Templar Comandery in Paris

Matthew Larcinese (University of Leicester): The Gesta Francorum and the Holy Lance Relic

3.15 Coffe and Cake

3.45-4.45 Training Session 2: Digital Resources

The International Medieval Bibliography (Dr Alan Murray)

Digital Mapping and GIS

5.00 Teachers Session (Chair: Dr Jake Halford, University of Leicester School of Education)

Panel Discussions:

Decolonising the Teaching of the Crusades

Dr Thomas W. Smith (Rugby School)

The Crusades in Today's Politics

Prof. Alejandro Garcia-Sanjuan (Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Leicester/University of Huelva)

Dr Connor Wilson (Manchester Metropolitan University)

6.00 Concluding Remarks and Reception

7.00 Dinner (Barceloneta, 54 Queens Road)

Inaugural Digital History and New Directions in Crusade Studies Network


9th March 2023


The study of the crusades as an historical phenomenon is a complex and challenging area. In order to gain a full understanding of religious conflict in the medieval period, scholars need to collaborate across a range of different source materials from different cultural and religious perspectives in multiple languages, incorporate material and archaelogical knowledge, mapping skills, image digitisation and reconstruction, and textual analysis - sometimes of a very large corpus of materials. This is the first in a series of planned meetings to explore how scholars are and might in future utlise digital skills to unlock a deeper understanding of this period.

Speakers for this first meeting are Anna Gutgarts and Myra Bom on developing the next phase of the Revised Regesta Regni Hierosolimitani (, and Jason Roche on Agent-Based Simulations of the March between Nikaia and the So-Called “Battle of Dorylaion”, 1097.

Leeds International Medieval Congress

July 2022

The Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades sponsored 3 sessions at this year’s International Medieval Congress:


Sponsor: Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades

Organiser: Iain Dyson, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

Moderator: Iain Dyson

Paper -a: ‘Mother of mercy, is this the end of Reynald?’: Bordering on the Extreme in the Portrayal of Crusaders (Language: English) Carol Elizabeth Sweetenham, School of Modern Languages & Cultures, University of Warwick / Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Paper -b: Cannibalism as Spectacle in the Chanson d’Antioche (Language: English) Hannah MacKenzie, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper -c: One of Us?: Human and Non-Human Categories of Belonging and Exclusion in the Chronicles and Chansons of the First Crusade (Language: English) Sini Kangas, Department of History, Philosophy & Literary Studies, University of Tampere


Sponsor: Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades

Organiser: Jason T. Roche, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Moderator: Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, English, Linguistics & Music, University of Huddersfield

Paper -a: ‘Faith has vanished, peace has perished’: Re-Constructing the Spiritual Frontiers of the Albigensian Crusade (Language: English) Louis Pulford, Department of History, Lancaster University
Paper -b: Crossing Borders between the Holy Land and Spain: Martin of León as a Preacher of the Third Crusade (Language: English) Alexander Marx, Zentrum für Europäische Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Paper -c: Illicit Trade to Preserve Antiquam mercationem across Religious Boundaries during the Baltic Crusades (Language: English) Rasa Mažeika, New College, University of Toronto


Sponsor: Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades

Organiser: Hannah MacKenzie, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

Moderator: Hannah MacKenzie

Paper -a: Marking Boundaries: The Case of the ‘Jacobites’ in Jerusalem in the 12th-13th Century (Language: English) Maria S. Thomas, Afdeling Kunst en Cultuur, Geschiedenis, Oudheid, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Recipient of a 2022 Templar Heritage Trust Bursary
Paper -b: Divide and Conquer: The Legal Implications of Shared Munāṣafāt Lands between the Early Mamluks and Levantine Crusader States, 1250-1290 (Language: English) Amel Bensalim, Department of History, Princeton University
Paper -c: Frontier Fortresses in Northern Syria (Language: English) Angus Stewart, Centre for Anatolian and East Mediterranean Studies, University of St Andrews

SSCLE Conference: Crusading Encounters

27th June - 1st July 2022, Royal Holloway University of London

Sessions organised by Philip Booth (Manchester Metropolitan University) and James Doherty (University of Birmingham) under the auspices of the NNSC

Session IV:2: seminar room 2:

Reframing the Context of the First Crusade

Chair: James Doherty (University of Birmingham)

Philip Booth (Manchester Metropolitan University): ‘The Desire to Travel to Jerusalem: The Spirit of 11th Century Holy Land Pilgrimage’
Andrew Jotischky (RHUL): ‘Monks and Muslims before the First Crusade’
James Kane (Flinders University): ‘ “You commanded us to follow Christ by carrying crosses”: Pope Urban II and the Origins of the Crusading Cross’

Session V:2: seminar room 2:

Reframing the First Crusade (II)

Chair: Stephen Spencer (King's College London)
Jason Roche (Manchester Metropolitan University): ‘Locating the Battle of “Dorylaion” (1097): New Methods, New Discoveries’

James Doherty (University of Birmingham) 'Independent Crusaders?: Thierry of Flanders and the Perception of Armed Pilgrims between the Canonical Crusades, 1104–1186'
Jennifer Markey (Independent Scholar): ‘Encounters with Armenians in the Estoire d’Antioche’

Session VI:2: seminar room 2:

Reframing the First Crusade (III)

Chair: Jay Rubenstein (University of Southern California)

Edward Caddy (Queen Mary, University of London): ‘Reframing the Third Crusade: Crusader Kings, Chroniclers, and Canon Law’
Natasha Hodgson (Nottingham Trent University): ‘Reframing Leadership and Authority on the First Crusade’
Simon John (Swansea University): ‘The memorialisation of Godfrey of Bouillon in Brussels and Brabant during the Middle Ages’

Roundtable: Reframing the First Crusade, 1000–1200

Organisers: Philip Booth (Manchester Metropolitan University) and James Doherty (University of Birmingham)

Chair: Philip Booth

Speakers: Jason Roche; James Doherty; Francesca Petrizzo; Nicholas Paul; Fozia Bora (University of Leeds)

Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades Fifth Symposium

Nottingham Trent University

Friday 27th May 2022

9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-11.00 Session 1 - Chair: Andrew Buck (Royal Holloway)

Jen Pearce (NTU) - Cross-cultural Relationships in the Principality of Antioch: A Reading of the Assises of Antioch

Adam Simmons (NTU) - Reevaluating the 'Ethiopian' Embassy to Western Europe in 1306: A Nubian History

Jan Vandeburie (Leicester) - Crusading and the Cult of Mary: Marian Shrines between Christianity and Islam in the 13th Century

11.00-11.30 – Coffee break

11.30-13.00 – Session 2 - Chair: Cat Gower (NTU)

Jennifer Markey (Independent) - Tancred and Saracon: Conversion, Companionship and Identity in the Estoire

Michele Wells (KU Leuven) - A Permanent Wound: Physiognomy, Penance, and Reconciliation in Moriaen (ca. 1050-1350)

Kate Arnold (NTU) - Pop and the Palästinalied: a Crusade Song Revived at the Turn of a New Millennium

13.00-14.00 – Lunch

14.00-15.30 – Session 3 - Chair: Nic Morton (NTU)
Thomas Brosset (Lancaster) - Sallies: An Understudied but Decisive Form of Counter-offensive in Jazīran and Syrian Siege Warfare (1097-1192)
Marcello Pacifico (Pegaso) – The Crusade of Richard of Cornwall
Andrew D. Buck (Royal Holloway) - The Historia regum Hierusalem Latinorum ad deplorationem perditionis terrae
sanctae accomodata and the Loss of Jerusalem
15.30-16.00 – Coffee break
16.00-17.00 - Roundtable - New Directions

Natasha Hodgson (NTU), Nic Morton (NTU), James Doherty (Birmingham), Jan Vandeburie (Leicester)

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

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