Join us in welcoming the return of Dr Nicholas Morton as he delivers the third talk of a series of talks on the Crusades.
The four Crusader States of the Near East (1097-1291) were a fascinating group of societies strung out from north to south along the Levantine coastline and into its hinterland. These were lands where many roads, agendas and aspirations met. On the coast there were the great maritime metropolises such as Acre and Tyre where goods arrived from across the Eurasia and Africa. Pearls from south-east Asia, silks from China, food from Egypt, textiles from Western Christendom, these port cities drew traders from many distant lands. Then there were tens of thousands of Jewish, Muslim and Christian pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land, seeking to visit Jerusalem and the region’s many other sacred sites. Amongst these shrines there were the great fortresses of the Crusader States engulfed by the ongoing momentum of the wars which stretched across the region. This talk will discuss the turbulent and vibrant world of the Crusader States.
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