Crusader Castles

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 - Architecture - 221 pages
This is a general account of the history and architecture of Crusader castles in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, County of Tripoli and Principality of Antioch between 1099 and 1291, the years during which the Crusaders had a permanent presence on the Levantine coast. Extensive use is made of contemporary chronicles to show the reasons why castles were built and how they were used in peace and war. The book is fully illustrated by photographs, drawings and plans, and contains a comprehensive bibliography.
 

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Contents

Prologue to the study of Crusader castles
1
Fortification in the west and east before the First Crusade
11
Castles of the twelfthcentury Kingdom of Jerusalem
21
Twelfthcentury castles in the northern states County of Tripoli Principality of Antioch and County of Edessa
62
Siege warfare in the Crusader lands
98
Nobles Templars and Teutonic Knights in the thirteenth century
120
The Hospitallers in Tripoli and Antioch
145
Muslim castles of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
180
Postscript Crusader castles and the west
186
De constructione castru Saphet translation
190
Notes
199
Bibliography
212
Index
217
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