The Medieval Mediterranean world consisted of a complex set of diverse and overlapping religious, linguistic, economic and ethnic communities. Contemporary authors viewed their surrounding world from perspectives bound by those categories and others. Drawing upon sources ranging from the letters and documents written by Jewish traders from Cairo to the Arab chronicles of Egypt and Syria, from French songs and poetry to Venetian commercial documents, scholars have pieced together several views of this complex world. In the last forty years there has been a significant upsurge in the number of academic books published about the Crusades that provide us with a more nuanced view of the Crusader phenomenon. In this seminar, participants will review recent trends in both Crusade scholarship and the study of the wider Mediterranean world.
Seminar led by Warren Schultz, DePaul University