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23 November 2017

Long Shadows: The Memory and the Legacy of the Crusades in the Modern World

Professor Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway, University of London)


Jonathan Phillips was educated at the University of Keele (BA, 1987) and Royal Holloway, University of London (Ph.D, 1992). He worked at the Universities of Southampton and York before returning to Royal Holloway in 1994. He became Professor of Crusading History in 2005. He is the author of numerous books on the crusades, most recently (2014) a second, extended, edition of The Crusades, 1095-1204. In 2013, with Martin Hall, he produced Caffaro, Genoa and the Twelfth Century Crusades, Crusade Texts in Translation no. 24 (Ashgate, Farnham, 2013), a translation and commentary on the writings of Caffaro of Genoa. Caffaro was the first layman to produce a narrative of the First Crusade, he was also responsible for the first urban history of the medieval age with his ‘Annals’ of Genoa. In 2009 Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades was published. It was selected as one of the ‘History Books of 2009’ by The Sunday Telegraph and by BBC History Magazineand. His current research interests centre upon: 1. The life and legacy of the Sultan Saladin. 2. On a major history of the Third Crusade. 3. The Memory of the Crusades in western Europe and the Near East from the C18th to the present day. He is also the General Editor of the forthcoming 2 volume Cambridge History of the Crusades. Professor Phillips has appeared in numerous television and radio programmes. He has completed a major 6 part series on early Christianity, The Road From Christ to Constantine which he co-wrote and presents. Recently he was on EWTN’s Crusades series, along with interviews for al-Jazeera’s forthcoming series on the Crusades and for Yesterday TV’s ‘Ancient Black-Ops’ on the Assassins. He wrote and presented a radio essay on Saladin as part of Radio 3’s acclaimed ‘Golden Age of Islam’ series in 2014. He also acted as the historical consultant for David Eldridge’s play Holy Warriors: A Fantasia on the Third Crusade and a History of the Violent Struggle for the Holy Lands, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, London in the summer of 2014. Other TV appearances include Channel 4's Back from the Dead: Crusaders (September 2011). He participated in BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week to discuss Holy Warriors. He was the consultant and an interviewee in Channel 4’s programme on the Crusades (part of the Christianity season, presented by Rageh Omaar, 2009); he was the consultant and an interviewee in Boris Johnson’s BBC2 programme After Rome (2008), and he was the consultant and lead presenter for the History Channel’s Crescent and the Cross (2005). Phillips is a member of the national AQA Council and an advisor to the AQA GCSE reform panel. He is (with Professor Benjamin Kedar) co-editor of the academic journal, Crusades. He co-chairs the 'Crusades and Eastern Mediterranean' seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, London. Phillips is the Course Director of the MA in Crusader Studies.





25 January 2018

In the Shadow of Franco: The Ongoing battle in Spain over its dark past

Dr Peter Anderson (University of Leeds)


Dr. Peter Anderson is Associate Professor in Twentieth Century European History at the University of Leeds. He is a specialist in the history and memory of the Spanish Civil War with particular interests in political violence, complicity, humanitarianism and the International Brigades.