Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / Volume IV: The art and architecture of the Crusader states
IV: Military architecture in the Crusader states in Palestine and Syria, pp. 140-164 PDF (28.9 MB)
Ch. IV MILITARY ARCHITECTURE 141 Camille Enlart did not live to write his account of crusader military architecture, which with his wide knowledge of westerii castles and his incredible memory for detail would certainly have added much to our knowledge of interrelationships between east and west. His work was carried on by Paul Deschamps, under whom Krak des Chevaliers was cleared of its villagers and excavated. The result was published in 1 934 in an exhaustive work, the most important study any medieval castle has received. C. N. Johns meanwhile was carrying out a survey of Château Pèlerin (' Atlit), and hoping there also to free the site of its encumbering inhabitants, a hope defeated by the unhappy history of Palestine; but much had been achieved before the end of the mandate brought an end also to this enterprise. Certain questions have recurrently been raised. How far did the crusaders choose the site of their castles as a strategic and coherent scheme? What was their debt in building them to Byzantine and Moslem example? Did innovations in the east precede similar stages in the west? The answers are not easy, for the evidence is often insecure. The castles as a whole are little documented, and dating is often speculative. Many of them incorporated earlier works; most have undergone some form of rebuilding; only Krak, Château Pèlerin, Montfort, and Belvoir have had any serious excavation, and for some of them we are still dependent on Rey's hundred-year-old plans. But any account of crusading castles must attempt to deal with these central disputes. The sites chosen for the castles vary widely: some, such as Krak des Chevaliers, Margat (al-Marqab), Subaibah, Belfort, Toron, and Belvoir, placed on isolated hilltops difficult of access, surveyed a tr. J. M. Brownjohn (London, 1966) and T. S. R. Boase, Castles and Churches of the Crusading Kingdom (London, 1967). The articles of G. Beyer in Zeitschrift des deutschen Palästina-Vereins: "Das Gebiet der Kreuzfahrerherrschaft Caesarea in Palästina siedlungs und territorialgeschichtlich untersucht," LIX (1936), 1-91; "Neapolis (nãblus) und sein Gebiet in der Kreuzfahrerzeit: Eine topographische und historisch-geographische Studie," LXIII (1940), 155-209; "Die Kreuzfahrergebiete von Jerusalem und S. Abraham (Hebron)," LXV (1942), 165-211; "Die Kreuzfahrergebiete Akko und Galilaea," LXVII (1944-1945), 183-260; and "Die Kreuzfahrergebiete Südwestpalästinas," Beiträge zur biblischen Landes und Altertumskunde, LXVIII (1946-1951), 148-192, 249-281, and those of J. Prawer, "Colonization Activities in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem," Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire, XXIX (1951), 1063-1118; "The Settlement of the Latins in Jerusalem," Speculum, XXVII (1952), 490-503; "Etude de quelques problèmes agraires et sociaux d'une seigneurie croisée au XIIIe siecle," Byzantion, XXII (1952), 5-61, and XXIII (1953), 143-170; and Israel Argosy, ed. by I. Halevy-Levin (Jerusalem, 1956), pp. 178-191, are essential for the economic background of the settlement and its effect on the siting of castles. An article by R. B. C. Huygens, "Monuments de l'époque des croisades: Reflections a propos de quelques livres récentes," Bibliotheca orientalis, XXV (Leyden, 1968), 9-14, is valuable for information about the present state and nomenclature of the castles.
Copyright 1977 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved. Use of this material falling outside the purview of "fair use" requires the permission of the University of Wisconsin Press. To buy the hardcover book, see: http://www/wisc/edu/wisconsinpress/books/1735.htm