Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191-1571 [NOOK Book]

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The castles built by the Crusaders, Hospitallers, Venetians and Genoese in Cyprus, Greece, the Aegean, and on the Black Sea served to defend against a complex array of constantly changing threats: Mamluks, Catalan mercenaries, Ottoman Turks, Byzantines, independent Islamic states, Timur-i-Lenk, and widespread piracy, to name but few. The resulting fortifications - some inherited from conquered the territories of the former Byzantine empire, ...

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Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191-1571

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Overview

The castles built by the Crusaders, Hospitallers, Venetians and Genoese in Cyprus, Greece, the Aegean, and on the Black Sea served to defend against a complex array of constantly changing threats: Mamluks, Catalan mercenaries, Ottoman Turks, Byzantines, independent Islamic states, Timur-i-Lenk, and widespread piracy, to name but few. The resulting fortifications - some inherited from conquered the territories of the former Byzantine empire, some built from scratch - were very different to those found in the Middle East.

This superbly illustrated book explores their design, development and fate in detail, documenting the rich architectural heritage of this region and its complex history.

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"David Nicolle's Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191-1571 tells of early fortifications built by Crusaders, Genoese and others which defened against an array of threats from pirates to Catalan mercenaries, surveying the design and technology of key fortresses..." -California Bookwatch (December 2007)

"You are not going to find a book on the trade market with this much information and detail on these castles, so the book is a must for those who desire this type of information or just want a complete set of Nicolle's work because he could not include all this in his major set of reference books." -J.E. Kaufmann, Site O

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472803818
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Series: Fortress , #59
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,136,060
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

David Nicolle was born in 1944, the son of the illustrator Pat Nicolle. He worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before going 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He later taught world and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written many books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. David lives and works in Leicestershire, UK. The author lives in Leicestershire, UK.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     4
Chronology     7
Design and development     9
The principles of defence     17
Tour of the castles     22
Cyprus
Mainland Greece
The Aegean
The Black Sea
The living sites     34
The castles at war     42
Bases for offensive operations
Commercial outposts
Bases for defensive operations
The fortifications under attack
Aftermath     55
Visiting the fortifications today     58
Cyprus
Greece
Turkey
Ukraine
Further reading     61
Glossary     63
Index     64
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