Journey to the East: Crusading in the Middle Ages
No image from the Middle Ages may be as lasting as that of a knight riding to battle, and no set of battles characterize the period more than the crusades. This course will examine the phenomenon of crusading as it played out from 1097 until roughly 1300. The class will begin by explaining what the various scholarly opinions of what crusades are. Then, the origins of crusading will be explored. Next, over several days, each of the first four crusades will be examined in depth, with particular attention to how and why they began, the events of each, and their results and consequences. Finally, the class will shift focus to the implications of medieval crusading to the modern world. The readings for the course will be both primary and secondary sources, which will enlighten the discussions of the major themes of the class.
Required Reading: An Introduction to the Crusades by S.J. Allen. Toronto University Press, 2017.
Nikolas O. Hoel ’99 is an instructor of history at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois. He is graduate of Lawrence University who went on to earn a MA at the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is trained in both medieval and Byzantine history. At NEIU he teaches classes concerning both ancient and medieval Europe, for which he has been honored with an Instructor Excellent Award. Hoel’s primary research interests concern the religious, cultural, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages, including but not limited to saints’ lives, monasticism, and the crusades.