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, 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: Nov. 21, 2020.


Primary Sources (additions ongoing)

(coming soon)


Secondary Sources (additions ongoing)

Amer, Sahar. Crossing Borders: Love Between Women in Medieval French and Arabic Literatures. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2008.

Baumgarten, Elisheva. Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe. Princeton: Princeton University, 2004.

Bom, Myra Miranda. Women in the Military Orders of the Crusades. New York: Columbia University, 2012.

Caspi-Reisfeld, Keren. “Women Warriors during the Crusades, 1095-1254.” In Gendering the Crusades, edited by Susan B. Edgington and Sarah Lambert, 94-107. New York: Columbia University, 2002.

Friedman, Yvonne. “Captivity and Ransom: The Experience of Women.” In Gendering the Crusades, edited by Susan B. Edgington and Sarah Lambert, 121-139. New York: Columbia University, 2002.

Green, Monica. “Conversing with the Minority: Relations among Christian, Jewish and Muslim Women in the High Middle Ages,” Journal of Medieval History 34 (2008): 105-118.

Hodgson, Natasha R. Women, Crusading and the Holy Land in Historical Narrative. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2007.

Krakowski, Eve. Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt: Female Adolescence, Jewish Law, and Ordinary Culture. Princeton: Princeton University, 2018.

Lester, Anne E. “What Remains: Women, Relics and Remembrance in the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade.” Journal of Medieval History 40:3 (2014): 311-328.

Nicholson, Helen. “Women on the Third Crusade.” Journal of Medieval History 23 (1997): 335-349.

Rousseau, Constance M. “Home Front and Battlefield: The Gendering of Papal Crusading Policy (1095-1221).” In Gendering the Crusades, edited by Susan B. Edgington and Sarah Lambert, 31-44. New York: Columbia University, 2002.

Schein, Sylvia. “Women in Medieval Colonial Society: The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in the Twelfth Century.” In Gendering the Crusades, edited by Susan B. Edgington and Sarah Lambert, 140-153. New York: Columbia University, 2002.