The Crusades: Borders, Margins, Interfaces

Date / time: 28 February, 9:15 am - 5:30 pm

The Crusades: Borders, Margins, Interfaces

Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades

Fourth Annual Symposium: The Crusades: Borders, Margins, Interfaces

Friday 28th Feb 2020, Nottingham Trent University

The NNSC links together scholars working on all aspects of the Crusades in the Midlands and the North of England. This one-day symposium offers a combination of paper presentations and a round table from established and early career scholars, as well as postgraduates. It will explore crusading and related activities from the eleventh to fifteenth centuries from a range of perspectives. A special emphasis has been placed on the theory and practice of Borders, Margins, and Interfaces in all of their variety as they relate to the history of the crusades and associated fields of enquiry. Attendance is free of charge, but you must register in advance in order to attend.

You can reserve your place at:,-margins,-interfaces

It is preferable that you register by 21st February 2020. Places are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Please address any queries to


9.15-9.45 Registration (Dryden 005)

9.45 Welcome Natasha Hodgson (NTU) (Dryden 005)

10.00-11.30 Session 1 (Dryden 004)

  • Chair: Natasha Hodgson (NTU)
  • Andrew Buck (University College Dublin) ‘Writing History on the Margins: William of Tyre and the Literary Construction of Outremer’
  • Philip Booth (MMU) ‘Bathing in the boundaries of the Holy Land: shared sacred space and Christian convergences at the Jordan?’
  • Chloe Riggs (NTU) ‘Fear of the Stranger: native and outsider identities in the rule of Levantine women.’

11.30-11.45 Coffee

11.45-12.45 Session 2 (Dryden 004)

  • Chair: Jan Vanderburie (University of Leicester)
  • Iain Dyson (University of Leeds) ‘The Relationship Between the Massacres of the Jewish Communities in 1189 and 1190 and Preaching of the Third Crusade in England’
  • Kathryn Hurlock (MMU), ‘Border Force? Recruiting for the Third Crusade from the Anglo-Welsh Frontier’

12.45-1.45 Lunch

1.45-3.15 Session 3 (Dryden 004)Chair: Katherine Lewis (University of Huddersfield)Martin Hall (QMW) ‘Seas and Sees: Pisa fights above its weight in the period of the Crusades’Jamie Doherty (University of Leeds) ‘Rebellion and Exile: The Revolt and Punishment of Hugh of Jaffa in Latin Christian context’Edward Caddy (QMW) ‘The Wrath of God and the Infamy of Man’: The Venetian Crusade of 1099-1100’

3.15-3.30 Tea/Coffee

3.30-4.30 Session 4 (Dryden 004)

  • Chair: Alan Murray (University of Leeds)
  • Robin Shields (RHUL) ‘An ‘Ottoman Fifth Column’? – Ottoman vassals and crusading in the Fifteenth Century Balkans’
  • Adam Simmons (NTU) ‘Seeing the Unseen: Tracing African Diversity in the Crusader States’

4.30-5.30 Round table and NNSC open meeting (Dryden 004)

  • Chair: Natasha Hodgson (NTU)
  • Jason Roche (MMU)
  • Alan Murray (University of Leeds)
  • Katherine Lewis (University of Huddersfield)
  • Nicholas Morton (NTU)

This NNSC event will be co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict at NTU

Location: Nottingham Trent University, Dryden Centre, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham