A comprehensive and concise guide to all medieval English castles of which something can still be seen today, ranging from the massive keeps which still dominate the landscape to grassy earthworks and Border pele towers, and spanning the ...
Author: Adrian Pettifer
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
A comprehensive and concise guide to all medieval English castles of which something can still be seen today, ranging from the massive keeps which still dominate the landscape to grassy earthworks and Border pele towers, and spanning the centuries from the Norman Conquest to the accession of the Tudors
Using his own detailed drawings, diagrams and photographs, author Trevor Yorke explains, in an easy-to-understand manner, how the role of the castle changed from fortress to palatial home and illustrates how the ruined buildings were used ...
Author: Trevor Yorke
Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)
The English castle evokes thoughts of an age of chivalry, when gallant knights fought and romanced amidst towers, battlements and moats. This image is further enhanced by the dramatic ruins we visit today, with their mysterious passages, spiral staircases and dingy dungeons. Yet, what was the medieval castle really like and what were these features we see today originally designed for? Using his own detailed drawings, diagrams and photographs, author Trevor Yorke explains, in an easy-to-understand manner, how the role of the castle changed from fortress to palatial home and illustrates how the ruined buildings were used in the past. His book is divided into three sections: the first charts the castle's origins and traces its developments; the second looks at the individual parts of a castle from military features such as the portcullis and drawbridge to the domestic quarters, great halls and tournament sites; the third contains a time chart for dating castles, a glossary of unfamiliar terms and a list of castles to visit.
Some are still inhabited, others stand in ruins--ravaged by war and time. This beautifully illustrated guide showcases how the fortress were built and used in their heyday and beyond.
Author: Ann Lockhart
Publisher: Pitkin Unichrome, Limited
Exploring 400 years of history, this comprehensive guide details the magnificence of England's castles and forts, from the earliest Norman castles of the eleventh century, such as the White Tower at the Tower of London, through to coastal forts built by King Henry VIII, including Deal Castle in Kent. During those centuries more than 1,500 castles were built. Some are still inhabited, others stand in ruins--ravaged by war and time. This beautifully illustrated guide showcases how the fortress were built and used in their heyday and beyond.
1–16 Labarge, M. W., The Baronial Household in the Thirteenth Century (The
Harvester Press: Brighton, 1980) McAleavy, Tony, Life in a Medieval Castle ( English Heritage: London, 1998) McNeil, Tom, Castles (BT Batsford/English
Author: Christopher Gravett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The simple castles raised after the Norman conquest had been developed throughout 11th and 12th centuries, whilst the introduction of Islamic and Byzantine fortification techniques from the late 12th century led to further developments in castle architecture. These fortifications were to be well tested throughout the course of the 13th century as England was riven by the conflict, characterized by prolonged sieges, between the monarchy and powerful magnates. As well as providing the focus for warfare, castles increasingly became the centres of their communities, providing a more permanent base for the lord, his family and retainers, as well as acting as centres for justice and administration.
Lise Hull has written many other books about Welsh and English castles, and has
also created www.castles-ofbritain.com. McNeill, Tom. The English Heritage
Book of Castles. 1998; ISBN-10: 0713470259. English Heritage also produces
Author: Edd Morris
A guide to some of the most historical and picturesque castles in England for romantics and Anglophiles alike. Castles have shaped England. For almost one thousand years, castles have been the settings of siege and battle, dens of plotting and intrigue, and refuges for troubled kings. Today, the romantic yet ruinous shapes of once grand fortresses stud the English countryside—a reminder of turbulent times past. Exploring English Castles provides readers with a breathtaking tour through the grandest castles of England. It brings ruins to life through true stories of royalty, chivalry, deception, and intrigue, played out within formerly majestic walls. Uncover the secret of Bodiam Castle, Sussex—a fortress seemingly from a fairy tale, built for a knight returning from the Hundred Years’ War. Discover how Mary Tudor, first queen of England, took refuge in Framlingham Castle, Suffolk, overturning a wily plot to deny her the throne. Unearth a delicate love story between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, which unfolds against the genteel backdrop of Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire. Filled with evocative photographs, awe-inspiring historical tales, and gentle humor, Exploring English Castles will delight any armchair historian, travel aficionado, or fan of historical fiction.
In this magnificent, compellingly written volume, which includes over 350 illustrations, John Goodall brings to life the history of the English castle over six centuries.
Author: John Goodall
Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies
From coast to coast, the English landscape is still richly studded with castles both great and small. As homes or ruins, these historic buildings are today largely objects of curiosity. For centuries, however, they were at the heart of the kingdom's social and political life. The English Castle is a riveting architectural study that sets this legion of buildings in historical context, tracing their development from the Norman Conquest in 1066 through the civil wars of the 1640s. In this magnificent, compellingly written volume, which includes over 350 illustrations, John Goodall brings to life the history of the English castle over six centuries. In it he explores the varied architecture of these buildings and describes their changing role in warfare, politics, domestic living, and governance.
This well researched and vividly illustrated book explores the story of England's castles, featuring many of the most colorful examples, as well as a timeline, glossary, and list of castles.
Author: Marc Alexander
Publisher: History PressLtd
The best of England's castles, including Windsor, Warwick, and Alnwick, with such colorful stories as the two princes in the tower To use a phrase from Shakespeare, castles are "stories in stones." They remained the architectural landmarks of 1,000 years of British history. The Norman flair for castle building reflected the necessity of controlling a defeated population, rewarding European knights who had aided William the Conqueror, and protecting the realm against rebellion and Scandinavian predators who were a constant threat, and established the Feudal system which unified the English into a nation. They have also provided the setting for some of the most dramatic deeds in British history in war and political conflict. This well researched and vividly illustrated book explores the story of England's castles, featuring many of the most colorful examples, as well as a timeline, glossary, and list of castles.
In all periods of the Middle Ages and not only towards the end of its history, the castle was lived in far more than it was fought in. ... — R. Allen Brown, English
Medieval Castles (1954), 184 Modern-day images of medieval castles as the
Author: Lise Hull
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Lise Hull takes the reader on a cultural and historical tour of Britain's medieval castles, with a special emphasis on how these structures evolved to serve their inhabitants' changing military and political needs.
Author: A. Hamilton ThompsonPublish On: 2013-04-10
castle, with those of the dwelling-house within its enreinle, follow and prepare the
way for the castles of the reign of Edward I. which represent the highest effort of
military planning. ln the last two chapters is related the progress of the transition ...
Author: A. Hamilton Thompson
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Once a seat of government as well as the private residence of its owners, the medieval castle was also a military base and stronghold for the surrounding geographical area. The development of these sturdy fortifications in England during the Middle Ages is carefully examined in this profusely illustrated book. From early chapters dealing with primitive earthworks and Roman stations, the text goes on to explore the construction of the English castle following the Norman Conquest, the beginnings of the stone castle and the Norman keep, bastions of the thirteenth century, military architecture, fortified towns in the later Middle Ages, and more. Students of architecture, military history, and medieval studies—as well as anyone interested in the evolution of castle construction—will find this work a fascinating and valuable reference.
English castles show a close connection with the soil , as recognized by Ella
Armitage , who noted the greater density of Norman castles in arable areas (
1912 : 83 ) . The strong link between the English castle and village is part of a far
Author: O. H. Creighton
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd.
This paperback edition of a book first published in hardback in 2002 is a fascinating and provocative study which looks at castles in a new light, using the theories and methods of landscape studies.
The Welsh castles Beaumaris, Caerphilly, Carnarvon, and Conway, afford the
best illustrations of this type. III. The palatial castles, in which the commodious
luxury of the palace was combined with the defensibility of the castle, but where
The Welsh castles Beaumaris , Caerphilly , Carnarvon , and Conway , afford the
best illustrations of this type . III . The palatial castles , in which the commodious
luxury of the palace was combined with the defensibility of the castle , but where
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By the end of the first building phase, the north side of the castle still had no wall;
it was instead defended by the town wall and a rockcut ditch. Madog ap Llewellyn
used this weak point to attack the castle in his rebellion of 1294. The English ...
Author: RODN CASTLEDEN
Publisher: Hachette UK
To many, medieval castles are the essence of Britain and Ireland's fascinating past. Immersed in history and centuries old, each one tells a story of Kings, Queens and feuding lords; war and bloody conflict; treason, revenge and murder. In Castles of Britain and Ireland, Rodney Castleden weaves a fascinating and detailed narrative of 115 of the grandest and most historically significant castles in the British Isles, including Balmoral in Scotland, Bunratty in Ireland, Caernarfon in Wales and St Michael's Mount in England. As well as the details of the construction, function, and often the destruction of these magnificent buildings, each chapter also tells the human stories behind these ancient walls, with fascinating details of everyday life within.
It provides a benchmark of English lordship in Ireland, similar to Domesday in
England. By then, the English had seized all the good, corngrowing land of
Ireland south and east of a line from Cork to Limerick and Dundalk. North of it
there was ...
Author: T.E. McNeill
Category: Social Science
The castles of Ireland are an essential part of the story of medieval Europe, but were, until recently, a subject neglected by scholars. A lord's power and prestige was displayed in the majesty and uniqueness of his castle. The remains of several thousand castles enable us to reconstruct life in Ireland during these crucial centuries. Castles in Ireland tells the story of the nature and development of lordship and power in medieval Ireland. Ireland formed the setting to the interplay of the differing roles of competing lordships: English and Irish; feudal European and Gaelic; royal and baronial. Tom McNeill argues that the design of the castles contests the traditional view of Ireland as a land torn by war and divided culturally between the English and Irish.
CHAPTER XI NORMAN CASTLES Castle-building — Description of Norman castle — A Norman household ... Many an English village can boast of the
possession of the ruins of an ancient castle, a gaunt rectangular or circular keep
or donjon ...
Author: P. H. Ditchfield
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
"A popular and readable sketch of the history of our villages." Dealing with characteristic features of English villages, such as prehistoric remains and Roman relics, churches, monasteries, the village inn, village folklore and superstitions and many more. Originally published in 1901.