This course, a continuation to Exploring the Crusades: Part 1, delves into a detailed history of the third through sixth crusades, including their characters, the root causes, and more. It is intended as a followup to, and refers back to the first course occasionally, but can be understood by itself as well. The course is intended to help beginners feel at home, much like part 1, while still providing something new for anyone up to and including an intermediate level. It is recommended to begin at part 1 if possible, but for readers who choose to jump right in, guidance is available in case of confusion. The course also contains some important background material on the Middle East and historical figures such as Saladin to provide context, as well as covering lesser-known events in the period, such as the Albigensian Crusade.
Unlike in part one, this course will dive directly into the events preceding the third crusade, with no preamble, as I am assuming familiarity either through the first course or by knowing enough to skip to here. I will use this space to say that if you happen to have jumped in and want context in brief, I can still provide it; this is also your reminder that you can ask questions whenever you need to!
We conclude our journey through the third crusade, after following Richard's misadventures to the end.
In which we complete our increasingly disheartening overview of the fourth crusade, and prepare to dig into more obscure crusades for a bit of a breather.
A brief overview of the Albigensian Crusade, between the fourth and fifth, carried out against the Cathar sect.
A look at the two real events that were blended into the myth of the Children's Crusade.
The end of the Fifth Crusade, in which they get progressively shorter.
The conclusion to the course, as well as the sixth crusade. Attached are the reading list seen on the first course, and a transcript of this one, including the images.
Owen Kinnersly is an amateur writer, Japanese-to-English translator and historian, living in Japan and increasingly self-conscious about writing in the third person. After several years of study at Athabasca Univeristy, and over a decade of daily independent research. By making courses here, he hopes to spread some knowledge on lesser-known parts of history, and spark new interest in the field.
Here you can expect courses covering either more obscure historical topics, or less well-known details of major topics. The courses are appropriate for anyone from a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge, and are written to entertain as much as to educate.
If you have any questions over course material, he is available at irregular hours but will reply within 48 hours at most, barring exceptional circumstances.