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Crusader Castles in the Holy Land 1097-1192
     

Crusader Castles in the Holy Land 1097-1192

by David Nicolle, Adam Hook (Illustrator)
 
The Crusaders that landed in the Middle East in the late-11th century brought with them their own traditions of military architecture, but it was not long before their defensive construction began to reflect a broad array of local influences. Most early Crusader structures were relatively small, and tended to increase the existing natural and defensive features of a

Overview

The Crusaders that landed in the Middle East in the late-11th century brought with them their own traditions of military architecture, but it was not long before their defensive construction began to reflect a broad array of local influences. Most early Crusader structures were relatively small, and tended to increase the existing natural and defensive features of a site. The basic forms comprised freestanding towers, castra, and hilltop and spur-castles, but urban centres, religious sites and rural dwellings were also fortified. From the 1160s, bigger, stronger and more expensive castles began to appear, in response to developments in Islamic siege weaponry. This title examines the early fortifications erected by the Crusaders in modern-day Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and south-eastern Turkey.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841767154
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Series:
Fortress Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
434,417
Product dimensions:
7.23(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.13(d)

Meet the Author

David Nicolle was born in 1944. He worked for the BBC, including the overseas broadcasting service, before returning to university in Edinburgh, Scotland, and obtaining his PhD. He subsequently taught at Yarmouk University in Jordan. David now devotes himself to writing, and is a specialist in medieval arms and armour. He is also a frequent contributor to numerous journals and international conferences.

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