The County of Tripoli (1109–1289)

Posted April 11, 2017 12:01 pm by William Purkis under Guest blogs History

In the second guest essay for the Bearers of the Cross project blog, Dr Kevin Lewis (University of Oxford) presents an overview of the history of the county of Tripoli. The county was one of four ‘crusader states’ established in the Near East in the wake of the First Crusade, and was the source for many of the coins now held within... Read more »

Did Crusaders get Tattoos?

Posted March 21, 2017 10:28 am by William Purkis under Events History Public engagement

The film of the lecture on crusader body-marking from our last public event is now available via the Museum of the Order of St John’s YouTube channel. You can also watch it here: To view other films associated with the project, please visit Bearers of the Cross TV, where they are now collected together on one page. The... Read more »

Going Underground

Posted March 17, 2017 12:56 pm by William Purkis under Events History Public engagement

Earlier this month various news organisations, websites and social media platforms were reporting an exciting discovery in rural Shropshire: an underground network of tunnels and caves, supposedly constructed in the Middle Ages by members of the Order of the Temple, better known as the Knights Templar. Many medievalists were sceptical about a direct association between this admittedly... Read more »

‘I Collect Coins’

Posted March 9, 2017 5:47 pm by William Purkis under Project updates

After a busy six months in the Bearers of the Cross project world, and ahead of this month’s final public lecture at the museum, this is the first in a series of quick blog posts to let you know about a few updates to the website. First of all, Rosie has written a wonderful series of essays... Read more »

The Principality of Antioch (1097–1268)

Posted February 6, 2017 5:25 pm by William Purkis under Guest blogs History

In the first guest essay for the Bearers of the Cross project blog, Dr Andrew Buck (Queen Mary University of London) presents an overview of the history of the principality of Antioch. The principality was one of four ‘crusader states’ established in the Near East in the wake of the First Crusade, and was the source... Read more »

Summer 2016

Posted September 1, 2016 9:14 am by William Purkis under Project updates

It’s been a busy summer for the Bearers of the Cross project. On Friday 3 June William gave a keynote lecture at Histfest, the annual conference organised by and for postgraduate students at Lancaster University. Two weeks later William, Rosie and Abi were completing preparations for the project’s research workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Medieval... Read more »