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A Typology Of Frankish Houses In The Latin East

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One of the most decisive factors influencing the form of the house is the locality in which it is found; coastal or inland, level or mountainous, rocky or wooded. Even more consequential is whether it is in an urban or rural setting. The author divides this typology into three parts: town houses, village houses, and manor houses and farms. In the towns of the Frankish East there appear to have existed six distinct types of houses: courtyard houses, palaces, tower houses, merchant houses, houses on burgage plots and hovels. This chapter deals with the houses of the street villages at Magna Mahumaria, Parva Mahumaria, al-Kurum and al-Haramiya. In Europe the manor house of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries was generally either a first floor hall-house or a courtyard complex that included, together with the hall, a kitchen, barn, stable, other buildings and an enclosed area entered via a gate.

Keywords: Frankish houses; Latin East; manor houses; town houses; village houses



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