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Fortification and Settlement in Crusader Palestine

1st Edition

By Denys Pringle


348 pages

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These studies examine the physical remains of Frankish settlement in Palestine in the 12th and 13th centuries. In recent years the view that Frankish settlement was largely confined to the fortified urban centres and castles, with few westerners venturing into the open countryside, has come to be challenged in the light of new archaeological evidence and re-examination of the sources. The present studies contribute to an understanding of the nature of Frankish settlement by illustrating aspects of the relationship between fortification and settlement: in particular, the role of castles and towers in promoting settlement and providing both security and domestic accommodation; the relationship between castles, towers and other semi-fortified rural structures; the physical planning of the new towns established by the canons of the Holy Sepulchre; the measures undertaken to defend urban settlements; and the contribution that town walls and castles made to the security of the kingdom.


'…a notable contribution to our understanding of Frankish life… sound methodology and keen eye for context.' Medieval Archaeology

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Towns: Town defences in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem; Crusader Jerusalem; King Richard I and the walls of Ascalon; Rural Settlement: Crusader settlement and the landscape: some reflections on method in the light of recent archaeological work; Two medieval villages north of Jerusalem: archaeological investigations in al-Jib and ar-Ram; Magna Mahumeria (al-Bira): the archaeology of a Frankish new town in Palestine; Burj Bardawil and Frankish settlement north of Ramallah in the 12th century; Castles: Towers in Crusader Palestine; Templar castles on the road to the Jordan; La Fève: a Crusader castle in the Jezreel Valley; Reconstructing the castle of Safad; A 13th-century hall at Montfort Castle in western Galilee; Index.

About the Author

Denys Pringle is a Professor in the Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University, UK

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General