Course Title: War in God's Name: A History of the Crusades
College: Adult Continuing Education
Duration: 6 weeks
Teaching Mode: Part-Time
One evening per week (7.00pm to 9.00pm)
Qualifications: Cert of Attendance
NFQ Level: N/A
Entry Requirements: You must be over 18 years of age by the start of the course
Course Code: ACE
Next Intake: Sept 2013
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A SAMPLE OF THE TYPE OF COURSE OFFERED PREVIOUSLY AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED IN 2013
This course will recount the story of the dramatic collision between Christendom and Islam, and the savage two-hundred-year contest for the Holy Land, the echoes of which can still be heard today.
Using the words and the images of the time, the scope of the lectures will range from the greater historical picture to the more telling personal stories of the men and women who lived and died as “God’s War” was fought.
1. Rome, Byzantium, Baghdad.
- Cross and Crescent on the eve of the Crusades
- The lure of Jerusalem – pilgrimage and apocalypse at the centre of the world
- “God wills it!” – the call to Crusade
2. The First Crusade.
- The first victims
- Warfare in the age of miracles
- The sack of the Holy City
3. The Kingdom of Jerusalem: A twelfth-century romance.
- The land of Overseas
- Warrior monks – Templars and Hospitallers
- Christians and Muslims
- Princesses and adventurers
4. Saladin: Righteousness of the Faith.
- The retaking of Jerusalem
- The Third Crusade
5. The Crusading ideal: Christian against Christian.
- Innocent III, the Cathars, and the taking of Constantinople
- The emperor on the Mount of Olives
6. The end of the Crusades.
- The fall of Outremer
- The legacy
Short courses are non-assessed
John Ware is a tutor in the School of History, UCC, specialising in medieval history, particularly the Crusades. He is also an occasional lecturer in military history.
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