Prejudice and Persecution: Catholicism and Religious 'Others' in Western Europe and the Latin East, c.1050-c.1330

Department of History, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 23509

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1&2

Module description

This course will offer a survey of western Christian attitudes to religious `Others' (primarily Muslims, Jews and heretics) during the period from c.1050 to c.1330. Using as a springboard R.I. Moore's idea that these years saw `the formation of a persecuting society', we will assess how Christian ideas about `Others’ were generated, and how those ideas were manifested in action, including crusades against Muslims and heretics, and (in some areas) the segregation and expulsion of Jews.