1st Edition

Exploring Castles

By W. Douglas Simpson Copyright 1957
    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



    W. Douglas Simpson