Dr John France

Professor Emeritus
Swansea University in Wales
Renowned specialist on the Medieval Period

John France

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.

‘John France was a delightful companion. His knowledge and enthusiasm provided perspectives that we would never have thought of. We learned a great deal from his conversational presentation of details. Both his scholarship and his wit were a pleasure.’ – Mark & Cynthia Coleman

‘Professor France really made this trip a success. He is very knowledgeable, and, more importantly, can get his knowledge across. He is also an enjoyable lunch and dinner companion, mixing well with everybody – if it wouldn’t sound condescending I would say he was “entertaining.’ – Henry Shapiro

Archaeology Tours Led by Professor John France

Trakai Castle
Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia

Tour the Baltics In the Path of the Northern Crusades

14 Days
Availability : TBA
Tour the Baltics and discover Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and along the way see medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, and wild sea coasts.
Cyprus, Rhodes & Malta

Cyprus, Rhodes & Malta Tour

16 Days
Availability : Spring 2024
Cyprus, Rhodes & Malta Tour: Follow in the path of the Crusader Knights after the fall of Jerusalem as they traversed Mediterranean Islands
Georgia & Armenia

The Remote Caucasus: Tour Georgia and Armenia

18 Days
Availability : TBA
Tour Georgia and Armenia: Six fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites, intriguing Iron Age stone circles, splendid 1,000-year-old churches, and magnificent mountain scenery.

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