Historians have learned a great deal about the Crusades from chroniclers like William of Tyre and Ibn al-Qalanisi. Today, reporters and newscasters travel all over the world to report on international events, including conflicts. Reporters and world leaders use social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook to connect with the public. Imagine what we might know had there been access to television, cell phones, and social media in the 13th century.
Time to imagine there was social media during the Crusades! Your assignment is to write posts that certain important figures could have written had social media existed. You will write one post for each of the following: Pope Urban II, Peter the Hermit, William of Tyre, Saladin, and Richard the Lionheart. Each post will tell about events of the Crusades from the point of view of each figure. Organize your posts in this chart. As you prepare each post, keep the following points in mind:
- 5 Posts- You should have a total of five written posts, one for each figure. Use your own words. You will submit the posts in the chart to your instructor.
- Accurate Details – Include details about the events and the historical figures involved in each time period. Include dates, if available. Make sure your posts are in chronological order, and note that a person can only write social media posts when alive. (For example, you should not write a post for Pope Urban II that follows the Third Crusade.) Check to make sure your writing is accurate. Others are counting on these leaders for the right information!
- 2 Maps – Cite specific locations and explain their importance. Use at least two maps from this lesson in the posts. This means two of your posts will have maps.
- 3-5 Sentences Per Post – The posts should be brief, but thorough enough to provide details about the five important figures and show your understanding of the Crusades. This means you should write between three and five sentences for each post.
Pope Innocent III
1204 – When I called for a new Crusade back in 1198, I didn’t think it would turn out this way. The monarchs have not joined the cause and the French knights who did have attacked the Christian city of Constantinople instead of retaking the Holy Land! This Crusade hasn’t accomplished much but a weakening of our Christian Empire.