The Era of the Crusades is another great course by my fave Professor Kenneth W. Harl – Jesus this guy knows his stuff – a little more accurate than what is portrayed in the dreadful Chris de Burgh song Crusader.

Much like Prof. KWH’s Viking’s series he moves through the material in an effortless manner which really is impressive to hear – he’s like an academic gymnast pulling off one cool literary move after another – this guy rocks. The material is delivered without the veneer of political correctness which as infected more recent portrayals of the crusades – a big plus.

It’s thirty-six, half-hour episodes – a real beast of a course that needs some effort but well worth it.  Thirty minutes spent in slacktivism virtue signalling on social media or thirty minutes listening to Prof KWH expand your mind – an easy choice – invest in yourself.

Personal highlight: “Episode 13 – Alexius I and the First Crusade”The speech made by Pope Urban II which kicked off the first crusade is a stunning piece of rhetoric which is so good it leads to the shambolic People’s Crusade led by Peter the Hermit – hilarious stuff.

The speech made by Pope Urban II which kicked off the first crusade is a stunning piece of rhetoric which is so good it leads to the shambolic People’s Crusade led by Peter the Hermit – hilarious stuff.

Stephen the Count of Blois had the misfortune of being married to Adela of Normandy, the daughter of William the Conquerer. She bullied him into going on the first Crusade when he’d much rather stay at home and listen to poetry.

In a panic, Stephen deserted at Antioch. Adela was aghast and denied him “conjugal bliss” until he returned to the holy lands to make amends for his cowardice. Stephen showed up on a later crusade and is killed, history was never this funny at school.