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RCC-RILL reviews the Crusades

Jon Stallard

Jon Stallard

“Fighting for the Cross: A Short Overview of the Crusades” is the latest course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL). Local historian Jon Stallard will lead three sessions on May 9, 16, and 23 (Fridays), from 1 to 3 p.m., at RCC’s Warsaw Campus.

In 1095, Pope Urban II called the First Crusade to retake the Holy Land from Muslim rule. For the next two centuries, thousands of Europeans, from peasants to kings, answered the call. This class will consist of a historical and military examination of the crusading movement within the context of the period, and will lay particular emphasis on the personalities involved in the first three crusades.

Jon Stallard holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, history, and education from Virginia Commonwealth University. As well as being an author, lecturer, and genealogist, he is a co-owner and morning show co-host on WRAR Radio.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Fighting for the Cross: A Short Overview of the Crusades” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at

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