The non-military functions of crusader fortifications, 1187-circa 1380

Molin, K. (1997) The non-military functions of crusader fortifications, 1187-circa 1380. Journal of Medieval History, 23 (4). pp. 367-388. ISSN 0304-4181. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Although many of the military and strategic aspects of crusader fortifications have been studied in the past, their non-military uses have rarely been looked at in any detail. This omission has to some extent led to the misleading impression that Latin (and Armenian) strongpoints in the eastern Mediterranean were only used for the waging of war, and played no significant role during peace time. In reality, however, many of these structures, particularly in less exposed areas such as Cyprus, spent far more time fulfilling rather mundane domestic functions than they did being directly involved in warfare. The purpose of this article, therefore, is to discuss the use of such structures as residences, prisons and courtrooms, as well as focal points for trade, administration, farming, and religious activities. Reference will be made to fortifications in Frankish Greece, Cyprus, the Holy Land and Cilician Armenia, during the period 1187-circa 1380.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2009 12:03
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2009 12:03
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/18196 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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