No Man’s Land: The Crusades, 1095-1291

two women jousting
British Library Royal MS 2 B VII, fol.197v (England, 1310-1320 CE)

I am in the process of creating a crusades course that consists entirely of readings by and about women. As I curate the course content, I will add the sources, bibliography, and other materials to this page as a resource for other instructors.

We can tell the entire story of each crusade campaign from the wives left behind, the laundresses and sex workers in the camps, the women allegedly putting on armor, queens who ruled religiously diverse populations, and the besieged mothers in a city. So, let’s do it.

Check back to see updates and follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #NoMansLandCourse! Last updated: March 9, 2021.


Annotated Bibliography of Primary Sources: coming soon

Annotated Bibliography of Secondary Sources: coming soon

Sample Syllabi

Undergraduate Survey Course syllabus: coming soon

Graduate Survey Course syllabus: coming soon

Other Resources

Database of Crusaders to the Holy Land, 1095-1149

Epistolae: Medieval Women’s Letters

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index