Le Crac des chevaliers (Syrie). Histoire et Architecture

Editeur(s) : Mesqui Jean, Goepp Maxime

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The Crac des Chevaliers (Qalʿat al-Ḥoṣn) is one of the most iconic and pristine fortresses built during the two centuries that the Crusades lasted in the Middle East, from the overtaking of the Holy City until the end of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Built from scratch by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, it served throughout the whole period as an outpost of the Frankish positions overlooking the Orontes valley ; in the end, it was conquered by Mamluk Sultan Baïbars during his relentless March. Over a period of less than a century and a half, this stronghold has offered a one-of-a-kind compendium on a unique site : in it, a visitor will find all encompassed in one, a Romanesque monastery, then a tremendously strong Gothic fortification, followed with finely designed non-military buildings, no less graceful than their European contemporary counterparts, and, finally, a first class catalogue of Mamluk defensive architecture. This riveting and haunting book by Jean Mesqui aims at introducing a new summation of the latest research to-date about this wondrous castle, in the light of the until now untapped archives of the French Mandate in Syria (1922-1948) ; enriched with totally up-to-date illustrations, this book will help the reader and the lucky visitor better understand and discover this amazing fortress under all of its angles. Only for it to be compared with its fortified fortresses’ counterparts of today.

    Collection : Mémoires de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (nouvelle série)

  • Année de publication 2019
  • ISSN 0398-3595
  • ISBN 978-287-754-375-0
  • Support Livre broché
  • Format 22,5 x 28
  • Numéro dans la collection 54
  • Nombre de pages 462
  • Illustrations noir & blanc et couleur

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