Professor John France

Contact Details

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Room 104
History Department
University of Wales Swansea
Tel: 01792-513211
Fax: 01792-295746



When and where did you initially develop an interest in the history of the crusades and/or the Latin East?

As an Undergraduate at the University of Nottingham

Who or what sparked your enthusiasm for the subject?

My tutor, Bernard Hamilton


Please provide details of your Higher Education, including dates, institution(s) and the name(s) of your research supervisors.

Nottingham 1960-63 BA 1st Class Honours
Nottingham 1963-67 PhD
Supervisor: Bernard Hamilton

Career History

Please provide details of your academic career history, including confirmation of your current institutional affiliation and contact details.

I was appointed to Swansea in 1966
Now Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Influences and Methodologies

What ideas and/or methodologies have informed your approach to your research?


Research Outlook

What do you consider to be the most important avenues for future research in the field of crusader studies?


Research Output

Please provide details of your research output, including publications and other media as appropriate.

Sole authored books

  • The Crusades and the Expansion of Catholic Christendom 1000-1714 (London: Routledge, 2005).
  • Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000-­1300 (London: UCL Press, January 1999). ISBN (Hb) 1-85728-466-6: (Pb) 1-85728-467-4.
  • Victory in the East: a Military History of the First Crusade (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994) ISBN (Hb and Pb) 521-41969-7.