Professor Denys Pringle

Contact Details

Cardiff School of History and Archaeology
Cardiff University
Humanities Building
Colum Road
Cardiff CF10 3EU


When and where did you initially develop an interest in the history of the crusades and/or the Latin East?

As an undergraduate at Southampton University 1970-73.

Who or what sparked your enthusiasm for the subject?

Professor Colin Morris.


Please provide details of your Higher Education, including dates, institution(s) and the name(s) of your research supervisors.

Oxford University ( Keble College)
DPhil in Archaeology
(Thesis: ‘Sixth-century Fortifications in Byzantine Africa’)

Southampton University
BA (First Class)
Archaeology and History Combined Honours

Università Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy
Diploma in Elementary Italian (grade 29/30)

Career History

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Present Position (since September 1999)

Cardiff School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University

Previous Academic and Professional Career

February 1986-July 1999
Historic Buildings and Monuments Directorate, Scotland
later Historic Scotland
Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments

August 1984-December 1985
Dumbarton Oaks ( University of Harvard), Washington, DC.
Fellow in Byzantine Studies and Fulbright Scholar

January 1979-July 1984
The British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem

February-March 1977
The Queen’s University of Belfast
Temporary Lecturer in Archaeology (Roman Britain)

Influences and Methodologies

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Research Outlook

What do you consider to be the most important avenues for future research in the field of crusader studies?


Research Output

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Selected Publications

  • The Red Tower (al-Burj al Ahmar): Settlement in the Plain of Sharon at the Time of the Crusaders and Mamluks (London 1986)
  • Secular Buildings in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem (Cambridge 1997)
  • Fortification and Settlement in Crusader Palestine (Aldershot 2000)
  • [with RP Harper] Belmont Castle: The Excavation of a Crusader Stronghold in the Kingdom of Jerusalem (London 2000).
  • The Churches of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem: A Corpus, 2 volumes (Cambridge 1993, 1998, 2007)