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Research in Crusader History

Nicholson, The Knights Templar on Trial: The trial of the Templars in the British Isles, 1308-1311 (2009)

The History of the Crusades is a dynamic part of the research culture, with research examining the history and ideology of the crusading movement, the history and archaeology of the lands conquered by the crusaders, the impact of the crusades on those lands and peoples against which expeditions were directed and from which expeditions were launched, and the history of the Military Orders, the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem; vernacular literature from the Latin East; the history of the Military Orders; and the role of women in the crusades. 

Members of staff working on the Crusades:

Associated Research Centre

Current Research Projects

Major Research Projects currently in hand by members of the Centre include the Ramla Urban project, directed by Denys Pringle and involving Peter Edbury and Andrew Petersen and scholars from the Universities of Glasgow, Oxford, St Andrews and Jerusalem, and the `Aqaba Castle project, directed by Denys Pringle with Dr Johnny De Meulemeester of the University of Ghent and involving scholars from the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and the Oriental Institute in Chicago. 

Peter Edbury's new edition of the Livre des Assises by John of Ibelin (Brill) appeared in September 2003, and more recently has been investigating the legal treatise by Philip of Novara and the manuscript tradition of the Old French William of Tyre, which forms the focus of his current AHRC funded project.

Helen Nicholson has published a complete edition of the Templar trial proceedings in the British Isles, 1308-1311. She is now working on the Knights Templars' estates in England and Wales, 1308–13. Denys Pringle is preparing the fourth volume in his project on the Churches of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem (Acre and Tyre) and beginning a project on thirteenth-century pilgrims to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. In 2007 Helen Nicholson, with Jochen Burgtorf and Paul Crawford, organised a series of conference sessions in commemoration of the beginning of the trial of the Templars. The papers presented at these sessions were published in 2010 as The Debate on the Trial of the Templars (1307–1314).