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Frankish Rural Settlement in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem


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Acknowledgments; 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; Bibliography; Appendix.

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This book is based on an unprecedented archaeological survey of more than two hundred Frankish rural sites.


'... bold and persuasive'. Medieval Archaeology
"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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