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Frankish Rural Settlement in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

Frankish Rural Settlement in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem


  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521521871

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  • 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 of the spatial and social interrelation between the Franks and the indigenous population. It 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 division of the country between Christian and Muslim populations is explained by the far-reaching social process of nomadisation and sedentarisation which began with the Muslim conquest in the seventh century and which reached its zenith before the Frankish conquest of the country. 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.

    • Based on an unprecedented archaeological survey of over 200 Frankish sites in the kingdom of Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades
    • Places Frankish settlement in the Middle East in the context of the gradual decay of eastern Christianity in the region
    • Conflicts sharply with standard views about the role and influence of the Franks in the Middle East in this period
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    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521521871
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.528kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 9 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Presentation of the Problem:
    1. A segregated society or an integrated society?
    2. Criticism of the existing model
    Part II. The Castrum, The Burgus and the Village:
    3. Castellum regis
    4. Evidence about the existence of Frankish settlements
    5. The rights and duties of the Frankish settlers in the Frankish settlements of Casale Imbert and Nova Villa
    6. The settlers: their places of origin and their occupations
    7. The geographic layout of a Frankish village: the example of Parva Mahomeria
    8. The neighbourhood of a Frankish castrum
    9. The church as a nucleus of a Frankish castrum
    10. Mixed Frankish and local Christian settlements
    11. Frankish settlements and the collection of tithes
    Part III. Isolated Dwellings:
    12. The list of Jean of Ibelin
    13. Frankish settlement and the fief of the camerarius regis
    14. The isolated dwelling
    15. Administration of rural estates
    16. Settlement activities of the military orders: the castle and flour mills in Da'uk and Recordana
    Part IV. The Spatial Distribution of Frankish Settlement:
    17. The boundaries of Frankish settlement in western Galilee and Samaria
    18. The spatial distribution of Frankish settlement north of Jerusalem
    19. Spatial distribution of Christian and Muslim settlements in Samaria
    20. Differential geographical changes and the cultural borders of Samaria and Galilee
    Summary and conclusions

  • Author

    Ronnie Ellenblum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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