The Crusades

When Pope Urban II preached the liberation of Jerusalem in 1095, he set in motion a dynamic movement which changed the political and social fabric of both Europe and the Middle East. Inspired crusaders made tortuous journeys to fight Muslims, defend European settlements in the East and protect pilgrims. From the early 13th century, crusades were fought against non-Catholics, heretics, papal enemies, pagans and Muslims.

This new short course examines the ideologies of crusaders, their achievements in the Holy Land, and the outcomes of crusading warfare elsewhere.

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

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    • Courses of more than six months’ duration.
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    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

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  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 10-Oct-17 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code FFHI069H4ACB

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