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Ms Betty Binysh 

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Position:PhD History

Academic History

MA Cardiff, 2009,
Dissertation: ‘The Captivity of Nobles in the Latin East 1095-1195’

BA Hons. (First) History, Cardiff, 2008
Joint winner of the Dr A. G. Little prize for the Best History Student in the Final year.
Dissertation: ‘Edward I’s relations with the Military Orders’

BSc Hons. University College, London

PhD Research

Working title: 'Living in Peace in the Holy Land  1095 to 1291 A.D.’

This study focuses on Christian-Muslim relations in the medieval Levant.

It challenges the assumptions that relations between medieval Christians and the Muslims in the Latin East were universally and continually antagonistic. It will analyse the extent to which Latin Christians from Outremer and the West and various Muslim groups deliberately attempted to live peacefully. It will assess their pro-active efforts to make and live in peace through treaties, military alliances, shared religious sites, trade, the administration of justice and missionary work. There is considerable, if fragmentary, evidence scattered across Muslim and Christian chronicles showing various attempts at living in peace. My study will collate this and assess how significant this was in the wider context of frequent fighting.

Start Date: 2010

First Supervisor: Dr Helen Nicholson

Additional Information

Seminar Tutor:
Year 1: HS1101 - Medieval Europe
Year 2:  HS1701- Approaches to History


‘Saving Saladin’s reputation?’ July 2012, International Medieval Congress Leeds,

‘Saladin’s Islamic identity’ June 2012, Cardiff, ‘Engaging with Medieval Identities’ conference

‘Frankish-Mamluk Treaties’ Feb 2012, Gregynog Medieval colloquium

‘Islamic ideas on jihad’ Dec 2011, Cardiff public lecture

“‘Rich’ peace or ‘Poor’ war – the dilemma of Christian-Muslim Treaties in the Latin East” July 2011, International Medieval Congress Leeds

'Eternal enemies? Frankish-Muslim Treaties in the Latin East from the 12th to 13th centuries.’ July 2011, Society for the Medieval Mediterranean, Southampton

‘Making peace with “God’s enemies”? - the dilemma of Christian-Muslim Treaties in the medieval Holy Land’
May 2011, CIHEC Conference ‘Religion and Peace: Peace in Monotheistic Traditions’

‘The “clash of civilisations” myth?’ May 2011, Cardiff, Myths, Legends and Folklore conference

‘“God’s enemies”? –  Frankish-Muslim Treaties from the 12th to 13th centuries’ May 2011 Oxford workshop

‘Flouting Religious Authority
to live in Peace?’ June 2010, Swansea Symposium