I’m a sucker for a bibliography so I’ve included the one from Sharyn Eastaugh‘s History of the Crusades.
- Thomas Asbridge The Crusades – The War for the Holy Land 2010
- Christopher Tyerman God’s War – A New History of the Crusades 2006
- Steven Runciman A History of the Crusades Vol 1-3 1951-1954
- Jonathan Phillips Holy Warriors – A Modern History of the Crusades 2009
Amin Maalouf The Crusades through Arab Eyes 1983
- Chronicles of the Crusades edited by Elizabeth Hallam 1989
- The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades edited by Jonathan Riley-Smith 1995
- Hugh Kennedy Crusader Castles 1994
- Robert Bartlett The Making of Europe – Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950-1350 1993
- R.H.C. Davis A History of Medieval Europe 1957
- Friedrich Heer The Medieval World – Europe from 1100 to 1350 1962
- Karen Armstrong Holy War – The Crusades and their impact on today’s world 1988
- Francesco Gabrieli Arab Historians of the Crusades 1957
- Anna Comnena The Alexiad translated by Elizabeth Dawes 2011
Tim Severin Crusader – By horse to Jerusalem 1989
- Thomas Asbridge The First Crusade – A New History 2004
- Jonathan Phillips The Second Crusade – Extending the Frontiers of Christendom 2007
- Usamah Ibn-Munqidh An Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades translated by Philip Hitti 1929
- Bernard Lewis The Assassins – A Radical Sect in Islam 1967
- Marshall Hodgson The Secret order of Assassins – The Struggle of the Early Nizari Isma’ilis against the Islamic World 1955
- Medieval Isma’ili History and Thought edited by Farhad Daftary 1996
- Joshua Prawler The World of the Crusaders 1972
- R.C. Smail Crusading Warfare 1097-1193 1956
- Amy Kelly Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings 1950
- Alison Weir Eleanor of Aquitaine – by the wrath of God, Queen of England 1999
- Malcolm Cameron Lyons & D.E.P. Jackson Saladin – The Politics of Holy War 1982
- Geoffrey Hindley Saladin – Hero of Islam 1976
- Jack Weatherford Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World 2004
- Piers Paul Read The Templars 1999
- Alan Forey The Military Orders from the Twelfth to the Early Fourteenth Centuries 1992
- Colin Morris The Papal Monarchy – The Western Church from 1050 to 1250
- John Julius Norwich The Popes – A History 2012
- E.R. Chamberlin The Bad Popes 1969
- Eamon Duffy Saints and Sinners – A History of the Popes 1997
This podcast by Tasmanian Sharyn Eastaugh started all the way back in 2012, following the model of Mike Duncan’s History of Rome. Like Mike Duncan, it’s a minimalist approach – no guests, few sound effects, no dramatisations – but with an occasional dry bit of humour to tie things together. I like this style, and I think it’s still more or less the standard for history podcasts – although 2012 could be a little more rough and ready.
Some running jokes about the ever present Peter the Hermit or Crusading knights descended from water fairies add a comforting familiarity. The material comes largely from classic popular accounts (Steven Runciman, Thomas Asbridge, Jonathan Phillips) which Eastaugh quotes from throughout (there’s also a handy list on her website) but other sources give the story from the Islamic side (Amin Maalouf is a very popular one).
Like many of the Crusades themselves, the early episodes are affected by equipment issues – poor quality recording equipment that leaves the volume lower than one would like. But stick with it and things do get progressively better. The content is good from the first episode anyway. The website is smooth and well presented (though I can see a few older websites out there – so that presumably improved over time too).
I like the podcast as a whole. I have listened to the 107 episodes (probably about twenty minutes each) on the Middle Eastern Crusades, and I’m looking forward to continuing on to her additional series on the Cathars and the Baltic Crusades. The latter especially is a topic I don’t know much about. There’s not too much analysis in the show, but I like the storytelling – combining the accounts of various weightier sources. The main podcast is free, but she does offer bonus episodes via her Patreon page. I definitely think this is worth checking out.