School of History

HST7502 - Saladin, Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade

The contest for the control of the Holy Land.

Module code: HST7502

Credits: 30

Saladin’s defeat of the Franks at Hattin and his subsequent conquest of Jerusalem on 2 October 1187 prompted Latin Europe to launch the Third Crusade.

Across the West, tens of thousands took the cross for this expedition, among them Richard the Lionheart, king of England. The war that followed saw Saladin and Richard – two great champions of the age – contest control of the Holy Land.