The Crusades East and West 1095-1230

Course details

From £1365.00

Sun 14 Jul 2019 - Sat 20 Jul 2019

The Crusades East and West 1095-1230


The Crusades by Latin Christians to the Holy Land had a hugely disruptive influence on the Mediterranean world in the late 11th & 12th centuries. We shall examine the history of the crusading movement in the eastern Mediterranean, and also look at how the crusading movement was turned against fellow Christians, in the diversion of the Fourth Crusade to attack Byzantium in 1204, and in the Albigensian Crusade in southern France in 1209-29.

Programme details

Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.


Europe and the Mediterranean World in c.1100: introduction to the world of the crusaders.


The First Crusade 1095-1101

The Second Crusade 1147-49


The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and the other crusader states; the rise of Saladin, and the Third Crusade 1187-92


The Fourth Crusade 1202-04;

Crusading and reconquista in Spain, 1050-1220


The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade 1150-1229

Questions and debates: the legacy of crusading?

Recommended reading

Asbridge, Thomas. The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land. London: Simon & Shuster, 2012.

Riley-Smith, Jonathan. The Crusades: A History. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

Tyerman, Christopher. The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.


The fee £1545 includes a bedroom with private bathroom facilities (shower, washbasin and toilet). Most are single but a few twins are available for couples or those who wish to share with a friend. Those couples wishing to book a twin room should contact us direct, as these rooms cannot be booked online.

There are also a few standard rooms available which all have their own washbasin and shaver point but the bath and toilet facilities on each staircase are shared. To apply for one of these rooms please select the ‘Programme Fee (with single standard accommodation and meals)’ option on the application form.  Early application for these rooms is essential.

Most standard rooms are single but there are a few ‘twin sets’ (two single rooms opening off a sitting room). If you wish to book a twin set, please contact us direct, as these rooms cannot be booked online.

Please indicate your accommodation preferences (either online or on your application form) together with a note of any mobility problems.

We regret that we are unable to offer you accommodation at Christ Church prior to or following your course. Additionally, family or friends who are not enrolled in the programme cannot be accommodated in college.


Programme fee (with single en-suite accommodation and meals): £1545.00
Programme fee (with single standard accommodation and meals): £1365.00


Michael Sibly


Michael Sibly is an Emeritus Fellow of St Anne's College Oxford and co-translator of two medieval accounts of the Albigensian Crusade. A graduate of Cambridge University, he has taught for OUDCE for many years, and until 2015 was Deputy Registrar of the University of Oxford.

Assessment methods

There are no assessments for this course.


Online registration closes on Wednesday 1 May 2019 but please note that this course may be fully booked very quickly so early registration is recommended.