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Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

Posted July 14, 2016 12:38 pm by Rosie Weetch under

The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem Rosie Weetch One of the goals of the First Crusade was the liberation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – the site of Christ’s burial and one of the most important Christian pilgrimage destinations. The crusaders reached their goal in June of 1099, and Jerusalem was captured... Read more »

Principality of Antioch

Posted July 14, 2016 12:36 pm by Rosie Weetch under

Crusader Coins in Antioch Rosie Weetch The city of Antioch, situated on the banks of the Orontes River in modern day Turkey, was captured in 1098 during the First Crusade. Bohemond of Taranto, who led the siege against the city, named himself prince of Antioch and the city became the centre of a new crusader... Read more »

Introducing our volunteers

Posted June 9, 2016 11:51 am by Rosie Weetch under Project updates Volunteering

We are now half way through getting the Museum of the Order of St John’s collection ready to go online. Photographs have been taken and edited, and we are now nearing the end of getting all our catalogue records up to scratch. Getting the records of the Museum’s medieval objects ready to go online has... Read more »

Personal Devotion at the British Museum

Posted April 29, 2016 11:24 am by Rosie Weetch under Collections Impact Project updates

On Friday 22nd April we had the privilege of leading one of the regular medieval handling sessions hosted by the British Museum and the Medieval Touch research group from the Courtauld Institute. We used the session to introduce the Bearers of the Cross project, and to explore two of the key themes that underpin our research: lived religion and... Read more »

The University of Reading Visit the Museum

Posted February 18, 2016 4:36 pm by Rosie Weetch under Project updates

On February 18th 2016 the Bearers of the Cross project and the Museum of the Order of St John were very glad to welcome Dr Aleks Pluskowski and a group of his undergraduate and postgraduate students studying the Crusades in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading. The students were first given a tour of the church by... Read more »

About Us

Posted February 6, 2016 8:21 pm by admin under

Who are we? Dr William Purkis William is the Principal Investigator on the Bearers of the Cross project and Reader in Medieval History at the University of Birmingham. He is a historian of medieval religious cultures (c.1000–c.1300), with particular interests in crusading and Latin Christian traditions of pilgrimage and monasticism, and is currently writing a monograph... Read more »


Posted February 6, 2016 7:58 am by admin under

Bearers of the Cross: Material Religion in the Crusading World, 1095–c.1300 is being led by Dr William Purkis (University of Birmingham) and is funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It will run from October 2015 to December 2017 and its primary aim is to develop new knowledge and understanding of... Read more »