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The First Crusade, 1095-99: Essay Questions

3. Why did the First Crusade succeed?

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Lecture

In this module, we think about why the First Crusade succeeded. We begin by considering some of the more popular arguments, before moving on to think about the sources that are available that might help us answer the question.

Suggested reading:
– Nicholas Morton, The Field of Blood: The Battle for Aleppo and the Remaking of the Medieval Middle East (2018) – Peter Frankopan, The First Crusade: Call from the East (2012)

Course

In this course, Dr Nicholas Morton (Nottingham Trent University) considers three questions related to the First Crusade, 1095-99: (i) Why did Pope Urban II launch the First Crusade?; (ii) What motivated warriors and pilgrims from across Christendom to participate in the First Crusade?; and (iii) Why did the First Crusade succeed? In each module, we outline some potential approaches to the question, as well as considering the sources that are available that might help us answer the question.

Lecturer

Dr Nicholas Morton is a specialist in the history of crusading and the Medieval Mediterranean between the tenth and thirteenth centuries. More recently he has begun to focus specifically upon the theme of inter-faith relations between Christianity and Islam in this region. He has published extensively on topics connected to this subject area, writing a range of monographs and scholarly articles. He is also an editor for the Ashgate series Rulers of the Latin East.

Currently Dr Morton is completing a monograph exploring the First Crusaders' attitudes and behaviour towards the various non-Christian peoples they encountered during their campaign. This will be a highly revisionist work addressing many key scholarly and public orthodoxies surrounding the nature of Christian/Islamic interaction during the crusade.

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Morton, N. (2018, August 21). The First Crusade, 1095-99: Essay Questions - Why did the First Crusade succeed? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-first-crusade-1095-99-essay-questions/why-did-the-first-crusade-succeed-7ff1e918-4fb0-43da-b342-a8d2cd21cac7

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Morton, Nicholas. "The First Crusade, 1095-99: Essay Questions – Why did the First Crusade succeed?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 21 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-first-crusade-1095-99-essay-questions/why-did-the-first-crusade-succeed-7ff1e918-4fb0-43da-b342-a8d2cd21cac7

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