Frankish Rural Settlement in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

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Overview

This book is a study of the spatial distribution of Frankish settlement in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades, and is based on an unprecedented field study of more than two hundred Frankish rural sites and on a close re-examination of the historical sources. The author re-examines some of the basic assumptions of standard recent scholarship, and advocates a new model of the nature of Frankish settlement, as a society of migrants who settled in the Levant, had close relations with eastern Christians, and were almost completely shut off from the Muslim society which lived elsewhere in the country.
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"Ellenblum has produced a truly imporant book that is bound to open a revisionist debate of great importance to the history of the crusader states." Hans Eberhard Mayer, American Historical Review

"...remarkable book...This is an important reassessment of Frankish settlement in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, one that provides a new model for understanding that settlement. The book is also a model for how historical and archaeological sources can be marshaled and argued. And there can be no doubt that the evidence Ellenblum provides is impressive in its amount and detail. The result is a book that ranks among the major works in the field of Crusader studies in recent years." Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

"This book offers a happy marriage of field archeology and textual analysis." International Journal of Middle East Studies

"Frankish Rural Settlement raises interesting questions about Frankish society in the Latin East. Ellenblum...make[s] a strong case for the Franks' closer connections to rural affairs than his scholarly predecessors had recognized and his labor in this regard is well worth his Sisyphean effort." Journla of the American Oriental Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521521871
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Series: Cambridge OCR Advanced Sciences Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Map 1: Frankish rural sites in Palestine
Pt. I Presentation of the Problem
1 A segregated society or an integrated society? 3
2 Criticism of the existing model 12
Pt. II The "Castrum," The Burgus, and the Village
3 Castellum Regis 41
4 Evidence about the existence of Frankish settlements 54
5 The rights and duties of the Frankish settlers in Casale Imbert and Nova Villa 64
6 The settlers: places of origin and occupations 73
7 The geographic layout of a Frankish village: the example of Parva Mahomeria 86
8 The neighbourhood of a Frankish castrum: the fields and the role played by the castellan 95
9 A church as the nucleus of a settlement 103
10 Mixed Frankish and local Christian settlements 119
11 Frankish settlements and the collection of tithes 145
Pt. III The Isolated Dwellings
12 The list of Jean of Ibelin 159
13 Frankish settlement in the fief of the Camerarius Regis 175
14 Farm houses and manor houses 179
15 Administration of rural estates 194
16 Settlement activities of the military orders: the castle and flour mills in Da'uq (Casale Doc) and Recordana 205
Pt. IV The Spatial Distribution of Frankish Settlement
17 The boundaries of Frankish settlement in Western Galilee and Samaria 213
18 The spatial distribution of Frankish settlement north of Jerusalem 222
19 Spatial distribution of Christian and Muslim settlements in Samaria 234
20 Differential geographical changes and the cultural borders of Samaria and the Galilee 253
21 Summary and conclusions 277
Bibliography 288
Primary sources 288
Secondary references 296
Index 310
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