The Crusades 101: Holy Knights, Epic Battles, and Sacred Land

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Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
Professor of History, Kean University
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12 brilliant lectures by celebrated Church historian and author Christopher Bellitto.

Few events have affected the course of civilization as profoundly as the Crusades, a centuries-long period of violent conflict and competition between Islam and Christianity. The Crusades brought destruction and violence to the third monotheistic faith of Judaism as well. Resurfacing frequently in present-day political conversations about clashes between faiths and cultures, the troubling legacy of the Crusades is undeniable.

Join award-winning professor Christopher Bellitto in an exploration of this period of conflict. As you examine the five major crusading movements from multiple perspectives, you’ll gain a deeper knowledge of what the Holy Land means to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. You’ll come to better understand the concepts of “just war” and jihad that dominated during the Middle Ages. Along the way you’ll learn about crusade arts, letters and architecture; military orders like the Templars and Hospitallers; the notion of crusading in popular history thr

Audio Sample:

12 brilliant lectures by celebrated Church historian and author Christopher Bellitto.

Few events have affected the course of civilization as profoundly as the Crusades, a centuries-long period of violent conflict and competition between Islam and Christianity. The Crusades brought destruction and violence to the third monotheistic faith of Judaism as well. Resurfacing frequently in present-day political conversations about clashes between faiths and cultures, the troubling legacy of the Crusades is undeniable.

Join award-winning professor Christopher Bellitto in an exploration of this period of conflict. As you examine the five major crusading movements from multiple perspectives, you’ll gain a deeper knowledge of what the Holy Land means to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. You’ll come to better understand the concepts of “just war” and jihad that dominated during the Middle Ages. Along the way you’ll learn about crusade arts, letters and architecture; military orders like the Templars and Hospitallers; the notion of crusading in popular history throughout the centuries; and the state of Christian-Muslim relations today.

Simply put, to understand the Crusades is to gain profound insight into the historical course of Civilization—Western and Eastern—and into the profound contradictions of religious war and human nature itself. You’ll be in good hands with Prof. Bellitto, who is known for his ability to bring clarity to complex historical and religious events. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn with him today.

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Dr. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., is an award-winning historian and Professor of History at Kean University in New Jersey. He received a Ph.D. in History from Fordham University. He is the author of ten books and the co-editor of six others; his writing has been honored by the American Catholic Historical Association and the Catholic Press Association. A frequent public speaker and media commentator on Church history and contemporary Catholicism, he has appeared on the History and Travel channels, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and other radio and television stations. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.Dr. Bellitto’s books include Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible (Paulist Press, 2016), 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Paulist Press, 2008), The Living Church and Church History 101 (Liguori Publications, 2011, 2008), and the companion volumes Renewing Christianity: A History of Church Reform from Day One to Vatican II and The General Councils: A History of the 21 Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II (Paulist Press, 2001-2002). His articles have appeared in Catholic Historical Review, Church History, Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique, Cristianesimo nella storia, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, and other journals and magazines. Dr. Bellitto also serves as series Editor-in-Chief of Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition.

Praise for Christopher Bellitto

“Christopher Bellitto is one of the most compelling and accessible Church historians working today. He brings together the skills of a journalist with scholar’s expertise.”
– Dr. C. Colt Anderson, Dean, Fordham University“One discovers in Professor Bellitto that all too rare combination of scholarly expertise and exquisite communicator. His lectures weave humor with erudition, prophetic challenge with passion for the people of God, and historical objectivity with deep care for the Church.”
– Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Iona College“Dynamic and accessible, Professor Christopher Bellitto breathes life into Church history in ways that resonate with the experiences of contemporary audiences. Weaving solid scholarship with engaging stories he brings fresh perspectives to the events and people that influence the rich diversity of the Roman Catholic tradition.”
– Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández, Catholic Theological Union“Prof. Christopher Bellitto is an outstanding scholar who is widely admired for his great clarity as well as for the depth and breadth of his knowledge. Prof. Bellitto is an excellent guide in all matters of church history, and has a special gift for presenting complex realities in a compelling and clear manner.”
– Mary Doak, University of San Diego“Master teacher, expert scholar, and superb communicator, Bellitto presents exquisitely masterful interpretations of the significance of the various eras of Church history that enlighten and delight. Media commentator on all things papal and episcopal, Bellitto captures the importance of the meaning of the past for the Church in the contemporary moment.”
– Elena Procario-Foley, Iona College“Prof. Bellitto is one of the best contemporary historians of Christian history. His profound knowledge of the subject matter, decades of teaching, eloquent and effective communication skills, make his work an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the thousand year-old Christian story.”
– Ines Angeli Murzaku Ph.D., Seton Hall University

  • Introduction: Starting Points
  • A Holy Land for 3 Faiths
  • Just War and Jihad
  • 1st-2nd Crusades
  • 3rd-5th Crusades
  • Christian-Muslim Interactions
  • Judaism and the Crusades
  • Military orders
  • The Crusades in Arts and Letters
  • Later Crusades
  • Crusades in History: Myths and Meanings
  • Legacies

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