Dr Thomas Asbridge is an internationally renowned medieval historian and author of the critically acclaimed books The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land and The First Crusade: A New History. In the course of his research, he has travelled extensively across the Middle East and walked from Turkey to Jerusalem along the route of the First Crusade.
Thomas studied for a BA in Ancient and Medieval History at Cardiff University, and then gained his PhD in Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is now Reader in Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London and director of the groundbreaking MA in Islam & the West.
Dr Thomas Asbridge on the thrill of a priceless manuscript
"As far as I know, we were the first Western film crew allowed inside this library… and it took months of delicate negotiation to secure permission."Read and comment on Thomas' post on the BBC TV blog
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