The Independent Crusaders Project

James Doherty, University of Leeds

This Mapping Project takes advantage of emerging digital tools to shed light on individuals who assumed the identity of crusader and traveled to the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem outside of the major, canonical crusades. 

Video Introduction

Provides examples of ways to use the Independent Crusaders Project website in teaching

  • Orientation to the website: Minute 5:40
  • Discussion of teaching modules: Minute 11:43

Website


Discussion Questions

  • What kinds of sources have historians used to examine the crusading movement?
  • How would you define a crusader?
  • Judging by some of the sources on this site, what are some of the reasons why people went on crusade?

Teaching Modules


Further Reading

Constable, Giles, ‘The Historiography of the Crusades’, in The Crusades from the Perspective of Byzantium and the Muslim World, ed. by Angeliki E. Laiou and Roy P. Mottahedeh (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2001), pp. 1–22.

Phillips, Jonathan, Defenders of the Holy Land: Relations between the Latin East and the West, 1119–1187 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996).

Throop, Susanna A., ‘Introduction: What Were the Crusades?’, in The Crusades: An Epitome (Leeds: Kismet Press, 2019).


Cite

Doherty, James, “The Independent Crusaders Project,” Middle Ages for Educators, July 22, 2020. Accessed [date]. https://middleagesforeducators.princeton.edu/resources/independent-crusaders-project

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