Dr James Kane

PhD (History), M.Phil. (Medieval Studies), BA (Adv.) (Hons.), PhD (History)


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I am a historian of the Middle Ages with expertise in the history of the crusades, medieval historiography, and the literature and languages of medieval western Europe. 

Research Biography

My primary field of research is the history of the crusades, with a particular focus on crusading ideology, terminology, and historiography. I also have a long-standing interest in the Third Crusade and the relationships between the numerous written accounts that it inspired.

My PhD thesis, which I completed at the University of Cambridge in 2016, explored the impact of the crusading cross on western crusade terminology across a variety of languages and in different regions between c. 1095 and c. 1250. I am currently adapting this thesis for publication under the provisional title 'The Crusading Cross in Language, Thought and Practice, c. 1095–c. 1300'.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Cambridge

Oct 2012Apr 2016

Award Date: 28 Jan 2017

Master, Master of Philosophy (Medieval Studies), University of Sydney

Mar 2010Mar 2012

Award Date: 1 Nov 2012

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney

Mar 2007Nov 2009

Award Date: 7 May 2010

External positions

Lecturer in English, University of Sydney

Jan 2018Jan 2020


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Research Areas

  • History

Supervisory Interests

  • European history
  • Medieval crusades
  • Religious history
  • European interaction with Middle East


  • D111 Medieval History
  • Crusades
  • Medieval Historiography
  • Medieval Religion
  • Medieval Languages
  • DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World


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