Professor Colin Morris

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


Who or what sparked your enthusiasm for the subject?



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Career History

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Pembroke College, Oxford:
Official and Emeritus Fellow, 1953-present.

Southampton University:
Professor of Medieval History (and Emeritus), 1969-present.

Retired since 1992.

Fellow of British Academy; Fellow of Royal Historical Society, former President of Ecclesiastical History Society.

Influences and Methodologies

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Research Outlook

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Research Output

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Select bibliography

Blake, EO, and Morris, C, 'A Hermit Goes to War: Peter and the Origins of the First Crusade', Monks, Hermits and the Ascetic Tradition, ed WJ Sheils, SCH, 22 (Oxford, 1985), pp 79-107.

Morris, C, 'Propaganda for War: The Dissemination of the Crusading Ideal in the Twelfth Century', The Church and War, ed WJ Sheils, SCH, 20 (Oxford, 1983), pp 79-101.

Morris, C, 'Policy and Visions: The Case of the Holy Lance at Antioch', War and Government in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honour of J.O. Prestwich, ed J Gillingham and JC Holt (Woodbridge, 1984), pp 33-45.

Morris, C, The Papal Monarchy: The Western Church from 1050 to 1250 (Oxford, 1989).

Morris, C, 'The Gesta Francorum as Narrative History', Reading Medieval Studies, 19 (1993), pp 55-71.

Morris, C, 'Martyrs on the Field of Battle Before and During the First Crusade', Martyrs and Martyrologies, ed D Wood, SCH, 30 (Oxford, 1993), pp 93-105.

Morris, C, 'Memorials of the Holy Places and Blessings from the East: Devotion to Jerusalem before the Crusades', The Holy Land, Holy Lands, and Christian History, ed RN Swanson, SCH, 36 (Woodbridge, 2000), pp 90-109.

‘The Sepulchre of Christ and the Medieval West: from the Beginning to 1600’, OUP 2005.