1st Edition

Behind the Castle Gate From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

By Matthew Johnson Copyright 2002
    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this engaging book Matthew Johnson looks 'behind the castle gate' to discover the truth about castles in England at the end of the Middle Ages.

    Traditional studies have seen castles as compromises between the needs of comfort and of defence, and as statements of wealth or power or both. By encouraging the reader to view castles in relation to their inhabitants, Matthew Johnson uncovers a whole new vantage point. He shows how castles functioned as stage-settings against which people played out roles of lord and servant, husband and wife, father and son. Building, rebuilding and living in a castle was as complex an experience as a piece of medieval art.

    Behind the Castle Gate brings castles and their inhabitants alive. Combining ground-breaking scholarship with fascinating narratives it will be read avidly by all with an interest in castles.

    Acknowledgements. List of Figures. Preface: Behind the gate at Cooling 1. Introduction: Casting our Eyes Upon Sconces 2. Watery Landscapes 3. The Ordering of the Late Medieval Castle 4. Medieval to Renaissance 5. Kenilworth: The evidence house 6. Beyond the Pale 7. Conclusion: Rethinking castles Glossary. Bibliography. Index


    Johnson, Matthew

    'It is so important a contribution to castle studies, that ... colleagues ought to be aware of it ... this is a deeply scholarly book which requires the most intense attention given to it.' - Fortress Study Group Casemate

    'A work that is full of ideas, stimulating and written in a style that makes is a pleasure to read. In the field of 'historic archaeology' Johnson has already made his mark - his latest offering will not disappoint.' - Landscape History

    'Highly personal and engaging ... Behind the Castle Gate has much to offer the student of vernacular architecture as well as the devotees of castle studies ... hugely enjoyable.' - Vernacular Architecture