Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191-1571 by David Nicolle

By David Nicolle

Crusader castles and different fortifications in Cyprus, the south-western coast of Turkey, and Greece are one of the best examples of past due medieval army structure to be visible in Europe. those vital fortifications, erected by means of the Hospitallers through the fifteenth century to stand the transforming into Ottoman Turkish danger, range significantly from these within the center East. regardless of there being many obvious is still of fortifications in Cyprus, Greece, and the Aegean, few reviews exist of those components in comparison to the fortifications of the Holy Land.

Providing a variety of architectural plans, maps, and colour illustrations, this ebook seeks to redress this imbalance and supplement the former bestselling remedies of Crusader fortifications within the fort sequence.

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Although the Crusader States in Greece were in an almost constant state of war with one or other of their Byzantine neighbours, the chroniclers rarely mention castles being attacked. Having played virtually no role in the initial conquest, they did little more than slow down the subsequent Byzantine reconquests. The garrisons were not only tiny, but probably contained many Greeks whose loyalty to their Crusader rulers was shallow. As noted previously, in 1311 the castle of Thebes was surrendered to a marauding army of Catalan mercenaries after its field army had been defeated in open battle; the Catalans later destroyed it rather than let it fall into hands of Gautier II de Brienne.

Any fortifications at UK Text (SW) 45 JOB:E10-91652 TITLE:FOR 59 175# DTP:39 PAGE:45 001_064_91652(39) 11/1/06 8:34 AM Page 46 c w The Genoese fort at Çesme, on the Aegean coast of Turkey, was subsequently repaired by the Ottoman Turks. (Author’s photograph) in H d s k t c Porto-Kayio and Tigani must have been designed to secure the anchorages adjacent to these sites. Zarnata – whenever it was built – as well as protecting the Kampos valley will have guarded the track southwards into the Mani. 10 Where the specific function of the Crusader castle of Beaufort was concerned, Burridge continues: It would be remarkable if, after securing two of the major passes over the Taygetos, William failed to control the eastern side of the third pass either by strengthening an already existing defence or by building a new castle.

10 Where the specific function of the Crusader castle of Beaufort was concerned, Burridge continues: It would be remarkable if, after securing two of the major passes over the Taygetos, William failed to control the eastern side of the third pass either by strengthening an already existing defence or by building a new castle. To have built Beaufort without securing the eastern side of the pass would have left Beaufort and its fertile plain open to attack. Although the Crusader States in Greece were in an almost constant state of war with one or other of their Byzantine neighbours, the chroniclers rarely mention castles being attacked.

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