Understanding the Castle Ruins of England and Wales

How to Interpret the History and Meaning of Masonry and Earthworks


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About the Book

Medieval castles were not just showcases for the royal and powerful, they were also the centerpieces of many people’s daily lives. A travel guide as well as a historical text, this volume looks at castles not just as ruined buildings, but as part of the cultural and scenic landscape. The 88 photographs illustrate the different architectural concepts and castle features discussed in the text. The book includes glossaries of terminology, an appendix listing all the castles mentioned and their locations, notes, bibliography and index.

About the Author(s)

Lise Hull has spent two decades exploring and studying British castles and has visited more than 450 castles. She lives in Bandon, Oregon.

Bibliographic Details

Lise Hull
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: 88 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016 [2009]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6597-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5276-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Introduction      1

1. Castle Development      9
Terminology in This Chapter      36

2. From the Outside      42
Terminology in This Chapter      79

3. Exploring the Interior      88
Terminology in This Chapter      133

4. The Manorial Estate      140
Terminology in This Chapter      161

5. The Castle Experience      168
Terminology in This Chapter      194

Appendix: Castles Mentioned
England 195; Wales 201; Other      204

Chapter Notes      205
Bibliography      209
Index      213