The Medieval Mediterranean City

Urban Life and Design Before European Hegemony, 1250–1380

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About the Book

This book is a study of architecture and urban design across the Mediterranean Sea from the 12th to the 14th Century, a time when there was no single, hegemonic power dominating the area. The focus of the study, four cities on the Italian peninsula, and four cities in Syria and Egypt demonstrate the interconnectedness of the design and use of urban structures, streets and open space. Each chapter in turn offers a descriptive and historical analysis of the buildings and spaces used for trade, education, political display and public action. The study includes historical and social analysis of the mercantile, social, political and educational cultures of the eight cities, highlighting similarities and differences between Christian and Islamic practices. Sixteen new maps drawn specifically for the text supplement immersive descriptions of the eight cities based on the writings of medieval travelers.

About the Author(s)

Felicity Ratté is a professor of art and architectural history at Emerson College in Boston. She teaches across the field from the ancient to the renaissance periods, mostly focusing on the cultures of Europe and the Middle East. The particular focus of her work currently is comparative use and intercultural communication in the medieval and early modern built environment and its representation.

Bibliographic Details

Felicity Ratté
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 70 photos, maps, glossary, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7811-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3909-3
Imprint: McFarland