Syllabus: The Crusades (DeVries)

HS 335:  The Crusades

Professor:  Dr. Kelly DeVries

Texts:

Riley-Smith, Jonathan.  The Crusades: A Short History.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.

Allen, S.J. and Emilie Amt.  The Crusades: A Reader.  Peterborough:  Broadview Press, 2003.

Gabrieli, Francesco, ed. and trans.  Arab Historians of the Crusade.  Trans. E.J. Costello.  Berkeley and Los Angeles:  University of California Press, 1969.

 

Schedule:

Week 1 (Jan 12-14) Introduction, Chronology, and Geography

Week 2 (Jan 16, 21-23) The Rise of Islam

Discussion: Allen nos. 3, 4, 5, 7, 10

[N.B.  MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY (Jan 17)]

Week 3 (Jan 26-30) The Christian Origins of the Crusades                                                        RS pp. 1-10

Discussion: Allen nos. 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 11

Week 4 (Feb 2-6) The Preaching of and Response to the Call to Crusade                                 RS pp. 10-17

Discussion: Allen nos. 12, 13

Week 5 (Feb 9-13)The First Crusade (to Antioch)                                                                   RS pp. 18-30

Discussion: Allen nos. 14, 15, 16, 17

Gabrieli pp. 3-12

Week 6 (Feb 16-20) The First Crusade (Antioch and Jerusalem)                                              RS pp. 30-34

Discussion: Allen nos. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

Gabrieli, pp. 13-35

Week 7 (Feb 23-27) The Crusader States/The Military Orders                                                  RS pp. 34-77

Discussion: Allen nos. 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31,

32, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55

Gabrieli, pp. 36-48

[N.B. SPRING BREAK (Mar 1-5)]

Week 8 (Mar 8-10) The Second Crusade and the Rise of Saladin                                            RS pp. 84-108

Discussion: Allen nos. 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38

Gabrieli, pp. 49-175

[N.B.  NO CLASS (Mar 12)

Week 9 (Mar 15-19) The Third Crusade                                                                                  RS pp. 109-19

Discussion: Allen nos. 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48

Gabrieli, pp. 176-254

Week 10 (Mar 22-26) The Fourth Crusade                                                                              RS pp. 119-30

Discussion: Allen nos. 56, 57, 58

Week 11 (Mar 29-Apr 2) The 13th Century Crusades/ Mongol Invasions       RS pp. 141-61,167-

Discussion: Allen nos. 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 71, 72, 73, 76, 179-207, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88

Gabrieli, pp. 255-350

Week 12 (Apr 5-7) The Reconquista in Spain                                                                             RS pp. 139-41, 165-66, 221-24

Discussion: Allen nos. 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83

[N.B.  EASTER BREAK (Apr 8-12)]

Week 13 (Apr 14-16) The Albigensian Crusades                                                                        RS pp. 133-39, 166-67

Discussion: Allen nos. 59, 60

Week 14 (Apr 19-23) The Northern Crusades                                                                            RS pp. 130-33, 161-64

Discussion: Allen nos. 66, 67, 68, 69, 70

Week 15 (Apr 24-26) Crusades 14th-16th Centuries                                                                  RS pp. 208-38

Discussion: Allen nos. 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104

Assignments :

Take-home Final Examination: 25% (Handed out on Apr 26; due in my office on May 7)

Discussion Participation: 15%

Written Assignments (3 short papers:  4-6 pages each): 20% each  (Due Feb 16, Mar 22, Apr 26)

OR       (1 research paper: 15 pages): 60% (Due Apr 5)

Attendance: +/- 5%

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