Crusaders In the Medieval Imagination

Ref: C2339911

The course will consider the enduring legacy of the crusades and jihad in the 21st Century world moving back from modern constructs to explore the origins and development of the idea in its historical context.This course will consider the origins of the crusades, the role of the papacy in forging a new interest in the Holy Land and the Muslim Jihadi response. It will consider how Christians and Muslims perceived each other and how war was waged between them. The events of the first three crusades will be examined in relation to key figures, success or failure and changing interpretations and attitudes. The role of the military orders, such as the Templars and Hospitallers, will also be studied and will question how their rise challenged attitudes towards orthodoxy and stimulated the popular imagination. Finally, consideration will also be given to whether what we think about the crusades really matters today; from Walter Scott to Ridley Scott.

Course aim

To gain an appreciation of the significance of the 'Crusades' , their enduring legacy and to demonstrate the complexity of relationships between co-religionists, both Christian and Muslim.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Outline the chronology of the first three crusades
  • Identify the driving forces behind their origins
  • Discuss the reaction of Muslims to the Christian invasions
  • Recognise the key figures in the Crusades
  • Explore Christian belief within a medieval context

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Crusaders In the Medieval Imagination


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