By Lise E. Hull
The common development of castles in Britain begun once Duke William of Normandy set foot at the beaches of southern England in 1066. The castles that have been developed within the resulting centuries, and whose ruins nonetheless scatter the British geographical region this day, supply us with an everlasting list of the wishes and pursuits of the days. however the essence of the medieval castle—a constitution that's equivalent elements army, residential, and symbolic—reveals itself not just during the grandeur of such architectural masterpieces because the Tower of London, and the implementing nature of such royal apartments as Windsor, but in addition within the getting older masonry carvings, enduring battlements, and extra modest earthen ramparts that experience survived along them. via a feature-by-feature account of the architectural parts and strategies utilized in developing the medieval citadel, writer Lise Hull permits the a number of services of those multifarious types to polish via, and in so doing, lends a brand new energy to the thousand faces that the medieval global assumed to deter its enemies, encourage its associates, and keep an eye on its subjects.
This compelling research takes a different examine all the medieval castle's major roles: as an offensive presentation and protecting fortification, as a residential and administrative construction, and as a symbolic constitution demonstrating the prestige of its proprietor. every one bankruptcy specializes in one particular position and makes use of concrete architectural positive aspects to illustrate that point of the medieval fortress in Britain. A wealth of illustrations can also be supplied, as is a word list explaining the specified components of the fortress and their features. This publication could be of curiosity to scholars studying structure, the center a while, or army background, in addition to normal readers attracted to castles or contemplating a visit to Britain to monitor a few of these amazing websites themselves.