New PDF release: Archaeology of the Military Orders: A Survey of the Urban

By Adrian Boas

ISBN-10: 0415487234

ISBN-13: 9780415487238

Including formerly unpublished and little identified fabric, this state-of-the-art ebook provides an in depth dialogue of the archaeological proof of the 5 army orders within the Latin East:
* the Hospitallers
* the Templars
* the Teutonic Knights
* the Leper Knights of St Lazarus 
* the Knights of St Thomas.

Discussing intimately the unique structure in terms of their numerous undertakings (such as hospitals in Jerusalem and Acre) Adrian Boas areas emphasis at the significance of the army Orders within the improvement of army structure within the heart a long time. the 3 critical sections of the booklet include chapters in terms of the city quarters of the Orders in Jerusalem, Acre and different towns, their a number of rural possessions, and the tens of castles outfitted or bought and extended within the 12th and 13th centuries.

A hugely illustrated and designated research, this complete quantity can be a necessary learn for any archaeology pupil or pupil of this era.

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This, and the high quality of the pieces, suggests that they were produced for one of the major building projects carried out in the twelfth century rather than for various buildings throughout the city. The great Templar construction programme on the Temple Mount, which is described in itineraria of the 1160s, would then seem a likely source for these works. After Saladin ‘purified’ the Muslim holy places in 1187 by destroying the Frankish buildings, both he and later builders may well have used the conveniently located pieces from these structures to decorate their new buildings on and around the Temple Mount.

Those who walk upon the roof of it find an abundance of gardens, courtyards, antechambers, vestibules, and rain-water cisterns; while down below it contains a wonderful number of baths, storehouses, granaries and magazines for the storage of wood and other needful provisions. On another side of the palace, that is to say, on the western side, the Templars have erected a new building. I could give measurements of its height, length and breadth of its cellars, refectories, staircase, and roof, rising with a high pitch, unlike the flat roofs of that country; but even if I did so my hearers would hardly be able to believe me.

A late thirteenth-century description of the palace has survived. The Master of the Temple, William de Beaujeu (1273–91), who was a cousin and supporter of Charles of Anjou, described the Templar compound as one of the strongest and most impressive buildings in Acre. 75 The Master of the Templar Order was housed in a palace, apparently a separate building nearby, opposite the church and bell-tower of the nunnery of St Anne near the Pisan Quarter. The Templars had another old tower located on the shore which according to the Templar of Tyre had been built by Saladin in the previous century; here, according to this source, the Templars kept their treasury.

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