Dr Thomas Asbridge is a medieval historian specialising in the study of the Crusades and the broader history of relations between Islam and the West. Currently based at Queen Mary, the University of London, he has previously taught at the universities of St Andrews and Reading.
His first trade book, The First Crusade, was published to considerable acclaim in 2004. In 2010 he published a one-volume account of the entire period, The Crusades, which has been translated into seven languages, and in 2012 he wrote and presented an accompanying three-part television series on BBC Two.
His most recent book is The Greatest Knight, a biography of William Marshal, published in January 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK and Ecco/HarperCollins US.
Tom is now completing a study of Richard I for Penguin’s Monarchs series.
The First Crusade
Nine hundred years ago the Pope initiated one of the most controversial episodes in Christian history by stating that God wanted European knights to wage […]