William Fitzroger was a Prior of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller in Ireland based in Kilmainham in the late thirteenth century. His conflicting loyalties to his king and to his order presented him with a difficult choice: would he fight for the Holy land as Acre fell in 1291 or would he stay and defend the English colony from the attacks of the Irish?
Speaker Edward Coleman
Tuesday, 18th September 2012. A series of monthly lunchtime lectures during 2012 at the Wood Quay Venue by the Friends of Medieval Dublin and Dublin City Council.
Dr Edward Coleman lectures in University College Dublin on the crusades. He has also recently lectured in crusade history at the Institute of Historical Research, London; and at the universities of Liverpool and St Andrew's and Trinity College Dublin. His essay about Italian Crusaders will be published in 'Narrating the First Crusade: Historiography, Memory and Transmission in the Narratives of the Early Crusade Movement' (Woodbridge, 2014) and he has also contributed to the forthcoming 'Cambridge History of the Crusades'.