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2. Why did the Second Crusade fail?
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about why the Second Crusade failed. We begin by considering some of the more popular arguments (e.g. poor leadership among the Franks, the capability of the Seljuks, in-fighting among the Crusaders, etc.) before moving on to think about some of the sources that are available that might help us answer the question.
– Jonathan Phillips, The Second Crusade (2001)
– J. T. Roche and J. M. Jensen (eds.), The Second Crusade: Holy War on the Periphery of Latin Christendom (2015)
– Jonathan Harris, Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd Ed.) (2003)
In this course, Dr Nicholas Morton (Nottingham Trent University) considers four questions related the Second Crusade, 1147-49: (i) How did the Crusader States survive and grow in the decades following the First Crusade?; (ii) Why did the Second Crusade fail?; (iii) Why did the Turkish resistance to the Crusaders intensify during the Twelfth Century?; (iv) How committed was Saladin to Jihad against the Franks during the years 1169-1187? 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.
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.
Cite this Lecture
Morton, N. (2018, August 21). The Second Crusade, 1147-49: Essay Questions - Why did the Second Crusade fail? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-second-crusade-1147-49-essay-questions/why-did-the-second-crusade-fail
Morton, Nicholas. "The Second Crusade, 1147-49: Essay Questions – Why did the Second Crusade fail?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 21 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-second-crusade-1147-49-essay-questions/why-did-the-second-crusade-fail