General Resources

Timeline of the Crusades in the Latin East

PowerPoint "Overview of the Crusades" (Right-click on the file to download it to your computer .)

Click on this link to see **family trees of the Crusader Personalities**

Click on this link to go to student presentations on the Crusader Personalities

The Crusades: A Timewatch Guide BBC Documentary 2015

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The Crusades: A Timewatch Guide

Historian Dr Thomas Asbridge explores the BBC's archive to reveal how television's telling of the Crusades has changed over the last 60 years. Using footage from Crusade documentaries shot during the Vietnam era, the Palestinian Crisis, the First Gulf War and the more recent War on Terror, he reveals how our interpretation of this medieval story has been influenced by modern political and social change. Thomas highlights the alternative Arabic perspectives on the Crusades, and asks whether this 1,000-year-old story really does cast its long shadow over the modern world, as so many have claimed.

With contributions from Monty Python star and medievalist Terry Jones, Washington economist JK Galbraith, and historians Simon Sebag Montefiore, Dr Peter Frankopan, Prof Konrad Hirschler and Dr Fozia Bora.


Consult this page for maps and overview of each Crusade.

Open these files in Google Earth:
The First Crusade from
and from
The Third Crusade from

Further reading

Primary Resources

Through the Eyes of a Crusader: An Intensive Study Into the Personal Involvement of Two Men in the Fourth Crusade

"...Both men that I have chosen to study saw these events with their own eyes, but they both give a different point of view to the events. Robert de Clariexternal image ir?t=medievalistsn-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0231136692 and Geoffrey de Villehardouinexternal image ir?t=medievalistsn-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1438507232 left accounts of the crusade written from very different points of view. All of the crusaders faced many trials including the siege of Zara, the decision to attack Constantinople, the taking of the Tower of Galata, and most importantly the sack of Constantinople. The following paper investigates the different points of view that Clari and Villehardouin held, and shows how they are equally important to our understanding of the events of the Fourth Crusade. In researching the subject,I assert that an individual’s personal involvement during the crusades should be considered a vital source of infonnation. As I will indicate in this paper, the personal accounts of the crusades are a very important part of our history because they give us another view of the battles."

The assault and capture of the Christian "Navel of the World"

The Crusaders Capture Jerusalem, 1099
from Cox, George, W, The Crusades (1886); Laffan, R.G.D (ed. and trans.), Select Documents of European History 800 - 1492, (1929)

Atrocity during the 3rd Cursade

Richard The Lionheart Massacres The Saracens, 1191
from Beha-ed-Din, his account appears in Archer, T.A., The Crusade of Richard I (1889); Gillingham, John, The Life and Times of Richard I (1973).

Batting the Saracens, 1250: Combat in the Seventh Crusade

Battling the Saracens, 1250
“I gave him a thrust with my lance just under the arm-pits and struck him dead.” A knight describes combat in the Seventh Crusade.
from illehardouin, Geoffroi de; Joinville, Jean; Shaw, Margaret R.B. (translator), Chronicles of the Crusades, (1963).

The Crusades Portal

on Wikipedia (English) - showcased content related to the Crusades
Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Wikipedia article.

Secondary Resources

Crusaders in Crisis: Towards the Re-assessment of the Origins and Nature of the “People’s Crusade” of 1095-1096

By Philip Slavin, Imago temporis: medium Aevum, Vol.4 (2010)
on The Medievalists. net

Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades, Jonathan Phillips,

"From an internationally renowned expert, here is an accessible and utterly fascinating one-volume history of the Crusades, thrillingly told through the experiences of its many players—knights and sultans, kings and poets, Christians and Muslims." (link) at

The First Crusade: A New History and The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land, by Thomas Asbridge.

"Thomas Asbridge’s The Crusades provides comprehensive coverage of this still controversial period of history. He offers this information in the widely-accepted conventional chronological format of numbered crusades, relaying the history with simple, accessible narrative language, distilling complex history into digestible morsels" (link)
At Amazon

Laws in a Crusader State

In Cosstia Legis; Law Librarians of Congress


Listen to the radio programs about the Crusades on the Podcasts, Radio and TV page of this wiki.

The Crusades

- from the BBC series The Long View

The First Crusade

- from the BBC series What If,

The First Crusade

- from the NPR seriesTalk of the Nation

God Wills It!: Understanding the Crusades

Episodes from Stuff you missed in history class:

A Crusade Gone Wrong

How the Crusades Worked

History of the Crusades

A 107 episode podcast by Sheryn Eastlaugh; also available through iTunes

Ask Historians Podcast

Also available on iTunes, #14 and #i5
Episode 20
Click here
Episode 21

Ambarenya wraps up the Komnenian dynasty, covering Alexios I finally securing the borders of the Empire, stabilizing the economy, and turning towards the West for help in the form of the First Crusade. The Crusader States, relations between the Byzantines and the Latins, and attempts to recapture lost territory are all covered as we move towards the bloody end of the Komnenian Dynasty.

Norman Centuries

Episodes 19 and 20, about "Bohemond in the East" and "The Norman Achievement"

Medieval Archives Podcast

Episode 49 Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem
In this episode we discuss:
  • Crusader States
  • The Battle of the Field of Blood
  • Marriage to Fulk V
  • Second Crusade
  • Kingdom of Jerusalem

The History of England/Crusades

You can listen online, or download the episodes as MP3 files
26 William Rufus, Normandy and the First Crusade
46 Richard and the Road to Outremer
47 The Fall of Jerusalem
48 Richard and The Third Crusade

The Second Crusade: 1147-1149

by Prof Graham Loud, University of Leeds
Free, 3 episodes

Yale Religion

Episode 3
Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, explores and dispels modern misconceptions regarding historical European tensions in the Middle East, providing illumination of major events from the Crusades to a more modern era.


Watch the videos in the Vidéothèque.

Thomas Asbridge's "Crusades"

The Crusades

The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross

Terry Jones' Crusades

The Seventh Seal

The History Channel UK Pint Size History - The Crusades

Islam: Empire of Faith

University Lectures for Secondary Schools

features these video lectures on the Crusades:

The Second Crusade

The Second Crusade Part 1
The Second Crusade Part 2
The Second Crusade Part 3


Crusades and Crusaders

A popular, comprehensive history of the crusades and of the people who played a major role in these wars for the Holy Land. Use the Categories links on the side of the blog as a table of contents.
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History Unhinged

Sharyn Eastaugh’s Fab Five: An Inept Ruler, a Leper, Raymond of Tripoli, a Knight and a Ragged Hermit

Khan Academy

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  1. What were the crusades?
  2. How was crusading justified?
  3. The When Where and Who of crusading
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