John France is Professor Emeritus from Swansea University in Wales and is a renowned specialist on the Medieval Period. He has published numerous articles, and is the author of The Crusades and the Expansion of Catholic Christendom, Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, and Victory in the East: A Military History of the First Crusade. Additionally, he has edited several important books including Medieval Warfare, Warfare in the Dark Ages, and War and Peace in Ancient and Medieval History. As a result of his research covering this period, he has compiled an electronic database of lives of saints prior to the year 1000. He is also an editor of the Journal of Medieval History. Dr. France was a featured scholar on the History Channel’s impressive two-part documentary, The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross.
Tours Led by John France
- Georgia & Armenia Tour August 10 - 27, 2018 | John France Tour Georgia and Armenia: These two countries, tucked east of Turkey and south of Russia, have much to offer the intrepid traveler. Although way off the tourist trail, six fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites are found here. Walk through intriguing stone circles from the Iron Age, splendid churches built more than 1,000 years ago, and gaze in awe as we traverse the magnificent mountain scenery.
- Tour Croatia: Fabled Illyria and the Adriatic Coast September 22 - October 6, 2017 | John France Travel on this 15-day trip through five countries: Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and Bari Italy. Along the way, see 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Voyage through History: The Dodecanese Islands of Greece August 27 - September 8, 2018 | John France Join our Medieval specialist, John France, onboard a private yacht as we cruise through the Greek Dodecanese Islands of Samos, Pátmos, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Tilos, Symi and Rhodes.
- Cyprus, Rhodes & Malta Tour April 22 - May 6, 2018 | John France Follow the Path of the Crusader Knights across four countries: Northern Cyprus, Greek Cyprus, Greece and Malta. Led by a renowned medieval specialist, begin in Cyprus where the Crusaders fled after the fall of Jerusalem.