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The Castle in England and Wales
An Interpretive History

ISBN 9780367208189
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1988, The Castles in England and Wales is a comprehensive treatment of the archaeology of the castles in England and Wales. The books looks at how following the Norman Conquest, one of the most characteristic structures of the English landscape, the castle, was used to control and survey the population. In its simplest definition a castle is a fortified habitation, however this book looks at the many uses of castles, from their most primitive kind, intended only for periodic use, or as magnificent decoration, such as Caernarvon and other Welsh castles of Edward I. It is essential reading for all archaeologists and historians alike.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



1 The Character of a Castle

2. Castle-Guard

3. Control Over Castles, at Home and Abroad

4. On the Development of Castles

5. The Origins of the Castle

6. The Primitive English Castle – Earthwork

7. The Primitive English Castle – Stone

8. The Influence of the Crusades

9. The Introduction of Scientific Fortifications

10. The Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth Centuries

11. The Castles of the Welsh

12. The Fourteenth Century

13. The Fifteenth Century, and Early Artillery Defences

14. Henry VIII and Coast Defence

Appendix: A Note on Keeps


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