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Exploring Castles

1st Edition

By W. Douglas Simpson


190 pages

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Originally published in 1957, Exploring Castles examines the 'classic' castle story. The book traces the origins of castles across England and Scotland, from the early Norman Castles, to Edwardian, all the way up to the ‘modern’ castles. The book case studies on individual castles, such as Newcastle upon Tyne’s castle, and the coverage of Scottish Tower Houses. The book looks at the influence of historic concepts surrounding the building of castles, such ‘bastard feudalism'. This book will be of interest to academics and students of history alike.

Table of Contents


1. What Castles Were, and how they Came into Britain

2. Castles of Earthwork and Wood

3. Great Stone Towers and Shell-Keepers

4. How Castles were Attacked and Defended

5. Exploring a Norman Castle

6. Courtyard Castles and Fortified Manor-Houses

7. The Edwardian Castles

8. More About Edwardian Castles

9. More About Edwardian Castles

10. The Tower of London: And Windsor Castle

11. Northern Tower-Houses

12. ‘Bastard Feudalism’ and a New Kind of Castle

13. The Twilight of Castles in England

14. ‘Gothick’ and Modern Castles


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General