Northern Network Conferences, Calls for Papers and Other Conference Activities

2021 Seminar Series

The 2021 Seminar Series of the Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades will get underway on 14 January, and we are delighted to announce that we have an exciting line-up. In our first session, Dr Nicholas L. Paul (winner of the Medieval Academy of America’s John Nicholas Brown Book Prize for his first monograph) will present work drawn from his ground-breaking new project on the performance of crusader status, and Louis Pulford will discusses his fascinating PhD research.

Nicholas L. Paul (Fordham University)

‘Setting the Stage: Aristocratic Performance and the Eastern Theatre of Crusading Conflict’

Louis Pulford (Lancaster University)

‘”I can give no better or more authentic account of this”; The Sources and Intellectual Context of Peter of les Vaux-de-Cernay’s Historia Albigensis

When: 5pm Thursday 14 January 2021

Where: Online via Zoom (link to be sent on the day of the event)


This online event is free to attend. Registration is through Eventbrite:

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at

Fourth Annual Symposium

Call For Papers
The Crusades: Borders, Margins, Interfaces

Friday 28th Feb 2020

Nottingham Trent University

NNSC cfp 2020 (004)

Crusading in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries: Encounters & Representations

CFP for the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East 9th International Conference: Crusading Encounters (Royal Holloway, University of London, 29 June – 3 July 2020).

CFP: SSCLE 2020 Crusading in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries: Encounters & Representations

• 9th International Conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, Royal Holloway, University of London (29 June–3 July 2020)
• International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (6–9 July 2020)

CFP IMC 2020 SSCLE 2020 Reframing the First Crusade, 1000 – 1200

Leeds IMC, 6-9 July 2020

 Special thematic strand: ‘Borders’

CFP: Leeds IMC 2020: Borders

The Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades seeks papers for a strand on ‘Borders’ at the Leeds International Medieval Congress, 2020. Papers from researchers at all stages of the careers and institutional affiliations are encouraged to send proposals, as are medievalists of all fields interested in the theory and practice of borders in all of their variety as they relate to the history of the crusades and associated fields of enquiry.

Possible themes or topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Political and military borders and frontiers
  • Encountering and experiencing borders and frontiers
  • Living in border and frontier zones
  • Fluidity and fixity of borders and frontiers
  • Border markers and material and visual borders
  • Bordering practices and institutions
  • Belonging and exclusion
  • Political, social, cultural, religious performance of borders

Proposals should include a title and abstract of c.300 words, together with your name and institutional affiliation. All IMC sessions come with a PC/laptop, data projector (‘beamer’), and internet access as standard. Please list any additional equipment required for your presentation. All papers presented should last for no more than 20 minutes.

Please email your proposal to Dr Jason T. Roche at by Friday 13th September 2019

Leeds International Medieval Congress

1-4 July 2019

Materialities and the Crusades [Session No: 1028]

More Myths of the Crusades: A Follow up to Seven Myths of the Crusade – A Round Table Discussion [Session No: 1414]

Third Annual Symposium of the

Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades:

Crusading Identities

Fri, 22 February 2019

Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield

Registration is open. For a free place, go to eventbrite and book.


8.45 Arrival

9.00-10.45 Session One: Settlement and Identity

Simon John (Swansea University), ‘History and identity: the memory of the First Crusade as the origin tradition of the Latin East.’

Andrew Buck (QMUL), ‘Settlement, identity, and memory in the Latin East: some reflections of the relevance of the term “Crusader States”’.

Gregory Lippiatt (UEA), ‘Franks into Frenchmen: the Crusades and settlement as vehicles for cultural identity.’

10.45 Tea & coffee

11.00-12.15 Session Two: Late Medieval and Early Modern Crusading Identities

Charlotte Gauthier (RHUL), ‘The construction and use of crusader identity in late medieval England.’

Nicolò Ferrari (University of Huddersfield), ‘“Il sera par vous conbatu le doubté Turcq”: crusading and fifteenth-century L’homme armé masses.’

Francesca Petrizzo (University of Rome), ‘How to build a crusader: Torquato Tasso, Rinaldo, and the Estensi as crusaders.’

12.15-1.00 Lunch (including poster display)

1.00-2.15 Session Three: Warriors and Leaders

Clare Vernon (University of Manchester), ‘Crusading identity in the mausoleum of Bohemond I’.

Kenneth Coyne (National University of Ireland, Galway), ‘Robert the Monk’s concept of the miles Christi in his Historia Iherosolimitana.’

Mark Robinson (NTU), ‘Men of blood: the Church’s textual response to mercenary violence, 1179-1215.’

2.15-2.30 Tea & coffee

2.30-3.45 Session Four: Representing and Revising the Third Crusade

Hilary Rhodes (University of Leeds), ‘”My dearest friend, Elvida, abbess of Saint Julien”: rethinking gender and identity on the Third Crusade.’

Stephen Spencer (IHR), ‘Making a king a better crusader: the revision of Richard I’s identity in Ralph of Coggeshall’s Chronicon Anglicanum.’

Carol Sweetenham (University of Warwick), ‘”In frenssche bookys this rym is wrought”: creating crusading identity in French and English narrative poetry.’

3.45 Tea & coffee

4.00-5.15 Session Five: Reputation and Identity

Nathan Websdale (RHUL) ‘“Defending two cradles of Christianity”: the agency of Philaretos Braakhamios and the post-Manzikert contest for Antioch and Edessa.’

Jenny Markey (Independent Scholar), ‘Pirrus and the Siege of Antioch: depictions of a traitor.’

Mark McCabe (University of Huddersfield), ‘Hagiographic masculinity: the representation of Simon de Montfort in Peter of Vaux-de-Cernay’s Historia Albigensis.’

5.15 Closing remarks

5.30 End

Registration Now Open!

If you would like to attend the Third Symposium of the NNSC at the University of Huddersfield, registration is now open and will close on 13th February. For a free place, go to eventbrite and book.

If you have any questions about the event, please email the organiser 

Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades

Third Annual Symposium CFP: Crusading Identities

22 February 2019 – University of Huddersfield

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Fulcher of Chartres famously remarked of early twelfth century western settlers in the Crusader States: ‘we who were Occidentals now have been made Orientals’. He described the processes of acculturation which had led to this transformation of collective identity, including intermarriage and the acquisition of wealth and property. This highlights the fertile ground which crusading activities and their impact offer for explorations of the construction and performance of medieval identities. Both individual and collective identities were the product of a range of socio-cultural factors, such as age, gender, status, religion, nationality and ethnicity, among others. Identity could be self-fashioned through experience and conduct, but was also imposed on individuals and groups. This symposium aims to bring together medievalists working in a range of disciplines to consider the ways in which both individual and collective identities were forged or changed by going on crusade, or by engaging with crusaders. It also seeks to examine the role of identity in determining the nature of an individual or group’s experience of crusading.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from postgraduate, ECR and established scholars from the fields of history, literature, art history, archaeology, music or any other relevant discipline. We also welcome the submission of poster presentations which will be displayed at the symposium. Papers may consider any aspect or area of crusading activity from the late eleventh to the sixteenth centuries, and might consider issues such as:

  • The nature and construction of crusader identities.
  • The expression of crusader identities via conduct, dress, the production of literary and material culture, etc.
  • The influence of specific aspects of identity on the experience of crusading (e.g. age, gender, status, etc).
  • The role of crusading in defining or supporting other aspects of identity (e.g. devotion, masculinity, family and lineage).
  • The role of crusading in the adaptation or transformation of an individual’s identity.
  • Cross-cultural accounts and comparisons of specific aspects of individual or collective identity (e.g. religious, regional, ethnic).

A title and 250 word abstract should be sent to Dr Katherine Lewis by 7 December 2018 Registration for the symposium will be free and will include refreshments and lunch.

Second Symposium of the Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades

The Modern Appropriation of the Crusades

February 9th 2018

Geoffrey Manton Building 302, Manchester Metropolitan University

[to book a free place, please go to   ]

8:45 Arrival.  Tea & Coffee

9.00-10.45 Welcome and Session One: Memory and Commemoration

Memories of Crusading – Dr Elizabeth Siberry, Independent Researcher

The Curious Case of Florina of Burgundy: Gender, Mythmaking and the Crusades – Hilary Rhodes, University of Leeds

‘Heroes and Martyrs’: the Role of Foreign Crusaders in the Commemorations of the Eighth Centenary of the Conquest of Lisbon (1947) – Dr Pedro Alexandre Guerreiro Martins, Instituto de História Contemporânea – Universidade Nova de Lisboa

10.45-11.00 Tea & Coffee

11.00-12.15 Session Two : Appropriating the Crusades in Spanish Conflict

El Romancero de la Guerra de Africa and Other Episodes in Colonial Crusading – Prof Adam Knobler, Ruhr Universität Bochum

From Civil Conflict to Crusade: Mobilization and National Identity in the Spanish Civil War – Dr Mercedes Penalba-Sotorrio, Manchester Metropolitan University

‘We Will Recover Al-Andalus!’ The Reconquista and Its Shaping of Modern Spain – Chloe Riggs, Royal Holloway, University of London

12.15-1.00 Lunch

1.00-14.40 Session Three: Appropriating the Crusades in Britain and the USA in the Twentieth Century

Crusading for Socialism, Fighting an Anti-Socialist crusade: British Socialism as a Crusade at the Turn of the Twentieth Century – Dr Marcus Morris, Manchester Metropolitan University

Woodrow Wilson’s Crusade for Democracy: Rhetoric and Reality in the Search for World Order – Dr Graham Cross, Manchester Metropolitan University

Jerusalem Deliveree: the Resonance of the 1917 British Capture of Jerusalem  – Dr Mike Horswell, Royal Holloway, University of London

The Great Crusade: D-Day and the Liberation of Europe in History and Memory’ – Dr Sam Edwards, Manchester Metropolitan University

14.40-15.00 Tea & Coffee

15.00-16.40 Session Four: Twenty-First Century Appropriations

The Crusades in the Virtual Universe: an Historiographical Study Through Video Games – Dr Fernando Gil, King’s College, University of London

Kek Vult: Crusader Imagery and Shared Identity in the Alt-Right –Charlotte Gauthier, Royal Holloway, University of London

The Modern Arabic Historiography of the Crusades: Reliving the Past – Dr Mona Hammad, Independent Researcher

Islamic State and the Creation of a ‘Crusader’ Narrative – Dr Jason T. Roche, Manchester Metropolitan University

16.40-17.15 Closing Remarks


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades: Second Symposium

Call for Papers


The Modern Appropriation of the Crusades

Manchester Metropolitan University, 9th February 2018

Since the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11th 2001, the crusades have come to the fore in political discourse. Modern conflicts between Western powers and predominantly Muslim countries have been packaged as crusades and the western protagonists as crusaders, and quasi-crusader uniforms and names have been appropriated to bolster the idea that participants are involved in just causes. But the modern appropriation of the crusades and their attendant language, motifs, imagery and ideas predates 9/11. The aim of this one-day symposium is to bring together scholars from the fields of modern and medieval history in order to examine the ways in which the crusades have been appropriated throughout the modern period.

We would like to invite 20 minutes papers from postgraduates, ECRc and established scholars work on medieval or modern history, which might cover such topics as (but are not restricted to):

  •  The use of crusading in modern discussion of ISIS and other groups
  •  Crusading in the discourse of Muslim-Non Muslim relations
  •  The use of crusading imagery and rhetoric in modern conflicts such as the First World War, or the Spanish Civil War
  •  The legacy of the crusades in the modern world
  •  The appropriation of the crusades by organisations, political movements, right wing groups or others in the modern era
  •  Employment of crusading imagery and themes in commemorative works, political art and other visual mediums

We also welcome the submission of poster presentations which will be on display at the symposium.

A title and 250 word abstract should be sent to Dr Kathryn Hurlock by 30st November 2017 at Postgraduate speakers and ECRS and warmly encouraged to submit a paper.

Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2017

The North Network for the Study of the Crusades is sponsoring 8 sessions at the International Medieval Congress this year:

Atlantic Crusades: Crusading Ideas in the European Conquest of the New World(s), 1400-1600 [Session No: 1121]
Crusading Culture in Medieval Britain [Session No: 708]
Crusading, Identity, and Otherness, I: Women, Children, and the Old [Session No: 1508]
Crusading, Identity, and Otherness, II: Pagans in Europe [Session No: 1608]
Crusading, Identity, and Otherness, III: Armies, Fleets, and Courts [Session No: 1708]
Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness, I: Crusade Leaders [Session No: 1020]
Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness, II: Islamic Perspectives [Session No: 1120]
Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness, III: Narrative Appropriations [Session No: 1220]

Post-Symposium Update!

For a report of the Inaugural Symposium, please go to

Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades Inaugural Symposium


Geoffrey Manton LT5, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester

10th February 2017

 10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee

 10.30 Keynote Lecture

From Clermont to Mexico: The Changing Goals, Participation and Organisation of Crusading, 11th to 16th Centuries (Alan Murray – Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds)

11.30 Session 1

  • Bloodless Turks and Sanguine Crusaders: Racial Diversity in William of Malmesbury’s Account Urban II’s Sermon at Clermont (James Titterton, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds)
  • The Türkmen and the Crusades in Anatolia (Jason Roche, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Session 2

  • The Diverse Portrayals of Richard the Lionheart in Crusade Narratives (Mark McCabe, University of Huddersfield
  • The Non-noble Cavalrymen of the Fourth Crusade: The Role of the Mounted Sergeant (Jack Beaman, The University of Nottingham)

1.00-2.00: Lunch in the Atrium

2.00 Session 3

  • Hiding in plain sight: Providers of medical care during crusades to the Eastern Mediterranean, 1095-1274 (Joanna Phillips, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds)
  • Diversifying Christianity in the Crusader States and the ordo(s) of Jerusalem (Adam Simmons, Lancaster University)

Session 4

  • Diverse Articles of Inquiry: Episcopal Censure and the Redemption of English Crusaders (Ian Bass, Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Narrative inconsistency in Philippe de Mézières’ accounts of the Alexandria Crusade, 1365 (Timothy Owens, University of St Andrews)

3.30 Roundtable Q&A followed by a Wine Reception

Sponsored by the History Research Centre and the Royal Historical Society

 Attendance is free, but if you wish to book a place please contact Dr Jason Roche by 6 Feb 2017