Naming Patterns in
the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
by Iris Shagrir
This study examines a central
question in the history of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem: to what extent did
the Frankish settlers in the East preserve European patterns and traditions, and
to what extent did they assimilate elements from their new, Levantine
environment? The study approaches this question by employing an analysis of the
personal names of the inhabitants in the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1099-1291. The anthroponymic
analysis offers a novel way to explore the nature of the Frankish society both
in comparison with contemporary European societies, and in relation to the
immigrantsí new surroundings. It reveals trends unknown so far and compares
them with the dominant ones in contemporary Catholic Europe. This book makes an
important contribution to the socio-cultural study of the Frankish Kingdom of
Jerusalem, as well as to the comparative study of personal names in general.
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