Tag Archives: Crusades

Dr Thomas Asbridge and The Crusades on BBC 2

One of the most popular articles on the blog has always been a book review by Malaise Ruthven of Thomas Asbridge’s book about the Crusades – The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land. Tonight on BBC 2 we have … Continue reading

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Crusades, Islam and Byzantium – Conference Call for Papers

Venues: German Historical Institute London; Institute of Historical Research, London Date: 8-9 July 2011 Organisers: The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East; The German Historical Institute London; The Institute of Historical Research, London; The London … Continue reading

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Normans of the South

Last night’s episode of the excellent series was magnificent. A great story well presented, with many quotes from Anna Comnena, and images of amazing art and conquest. As Prof Bartlett said: ‘Once beaten the Normans just disappeared; they assimilated but … Continue reading

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The obituary of Sir Steven Runciman from the Telegraph

I thought it would be worth adding the obituary of Steven Runciman to the blog. He remains one of the most senior in the Pantheon of Byzantists. I was asked recently to add more to the blog about Steven and his … Continue reading

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Saint George’s Day – Some Icons

April 23rd is St George’s day. He is the patron saint of England as well as Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia. In a recent poll, 6% of English people feared flying the flag of St George and … Continue reading

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myByzantine Blog One Year On

I could not let the first anniversary of myByzantine blog pass without some comment. What started as an attempt to discover whether there was much interest in the subject of Byzantium beyond academia, has developed into something important to me, … Continue reading

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Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades by Jonathan Phillips

It seems our fascination with the Crusades, and the temptation to draw parallels with current tensions between Christian and Muslim, and East and West, is as popular as ever with many new books on the subject. Of course we all … Continue reading

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