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Nicholas Morton

Nicholas Morton

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Languages and Global Cultures


Dr Nicholas Morton is a specialist in the history of crusading and the Medieval Mediterranean between the tenth and thirteenth centuries. More recently he has begun to focus specifically upon the theme of inter-faith relations between Christianity and Islam in this region. He has published extensively on topics connected to this subject area, writing a range of monographs and scholarly articles. He is also an editor for two Routledge book series: Rulers of the Latin East and The Military Religious Orders.

Currently Dr Morton is writing a book exploring the impact of the Mongols on the world of the Near East during the Thirteenth Century.  This work will consider how various different societies, including: the Byzantine Empire, the Ayyubid Empire, Mamluk Egypt and the Crusader States, responded to this major threat to their survival.  He has recently published a major study with Cambridge University Press entitled Encountering Islam on the First Crusade, discussing how the First Crusaders approached and perceived the various non-Christian peoples they encountered on their journey to Jerusalem.

His research interests inform his teaching and his main courses are as follows:

  • HIST370 Defending Christendom: The Knights Templar and the Medieval Military Orders
  • HIST271 The Crusades
  • HIST104 World History

Career overview

Dr Morton joined Nottingham Trent University in 2009. Formerly he taught at Queen Mary University (UL), Royal Holloway (UL) and Swansea University.

Research areas

Dr Morton is a member of the History and Heritage Research Group.

Dr Morton’s research interests embrace the following topics. These are the areas where he is (or has been) research active. He is prepared to consider applications for doctoral study in any of these areas.

Specific areas of interest:

  • “The Military Orders: Templars, Hospitallers and Teutonic Knights (12th-14th centuries)"
  • The Crusading Movement in all regions (11th-14th centuries)
  • Medieval Monasticism (10th-14th centuries)
  • The Medieval Mediterranean (8th-15th centuries), particularly inter-faith relations, but also political and economic history
  • The Muslim world of the Near East (9th-14th centuries), particularly the Seljuk Turks.

Broader spheres of interest:

  • Medieval Christianity (5th-15th centuries), especially its influence upon social and economic development
  • Medieval Warfare (7th-16th centuries)
  • The Byzantine Empire
  • The question of violence within the Christian religion
  • Religious conversion (any religion, any period).

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.



Crusading and warfare in the Middle Ages: realities and representations: essays in honour of John France. Crusades - Subsidia. Morton N and John S (eds), 2014, Ashgate

The Medieval Military Orders, 1120-1314 . Morton N, 2012, Routledge Italian translation published: Gli ordini religiosi militari. 2014, Il Mulino

The Teutonic Knights in the Holy Land, 1190-1291 . Morton N, 2009, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer


'Arab Muslim reactions to the advent of the First Crusade'. Morton N and France J, Warfare, Crusade and Conquest in the Middle Ages, 2014, XV: 1-38, Aldershot

'Encountering the Turks: The First Crusaders' foreknowledge of their enemy: some preliminary findings'. N Morton in (eds) S John and N Morton, Crusading and Warfare in the Middle Ages: Realities and Representations, Essays in Honour of John France, 2014, 47-68, Aldershot

'Perceptions of Islam in William of Tyre's Historia. Morton N in (ed) S Edgington, Deeds Done Beyond the Sea: Essays on William of Tyre', Cyprus and the Military Orders Presented to Peter Edbury, 2014, 13-24, Aldershot

'In Subsidium: The declining contribution of Germany and Eastern Europe to the crusades to the Holy Land, 1187-1291', Morton N, German Historical Institute Bulletin, 2011, 33 (1), 33-66

'The Defence of the Holy Land and the memory of the Maccabees'. Morton N, Journal of Medieval History, 2010, 36 (3), 275-293

'Institutional dependency upon secular and ecclesiastical patrons and the foundations of the Trial of the Templars'. Morton N in (eds) H Nicholson, J Burgtorf and P Crawford, The Trial of the Templars: 1307-1314, 2010, 49-68, Farnham: Ashgate

See all of Nicholas Morton's publications...

Press expertise

Dr Morton can offer comment on:

  • Crusades
  • Medieval Mediterranean and Near East
  • military orders (i.e. Knights Templar, Hospitaller and Teutonic Knights)
  • the relationship between Christianity and Islam during the Middle Ages
  • Medieval Christianity.