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Castle: A History of the Buildings that Shaped Medieval Britain Hardcover – 2 May 2003
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The book charts the development of the castle from the motte and bailey to the more palatial castles of the 16th century.
A recommended read for anyone who wants to learn more about the development and history of Britain's castles.
Rich in related histories.
As an adult I have continued to visit castles regularly, most recently Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight where I picked up this book, but I must admit as I got older I was finding it more difficult to imagine what life in a castle would've been like or to remember what castles were really built for.
It's a very brief read but really interesting throughout, written in an informal and engaging style. Starting with the earliest castles and a description of the familiar motte-and-bailey design, Marc Morris provides fascinating evidence of how castles spread throughout the country and how the locals (or at least the monks) felt about them. The book is well structured, concentrating on a particular theme in each chapter, from the original earth and wood castles, through massive stone keeps such as the Tower of London and Rochester Castle, the archetypal castles of the thirteenth century built by Edward I in North Wales which remain among the most impressive to still stand, and then on to the more `fairytale' designs such as Bodiam Castle in Sussex, Scottish `tower houses' and then concluding with the mass destruction of the castles following the English Civil War.Read more ›
In,Brititain.Well,written .informative.book.Worth reading grabbed.me.by.the,throat.Stayed,awake all
Night until I finished it.Not many books have that effect on me Worth I,t-shirts 5 star rating
Castle, by Marc Morris is in his own words not meant to be 'a guide to castles, nor a comprehensive gazetteer'; it is an invitation to us, the reader to think, read and visit castles ourselves to pursue our interest in them - it is the seed, not the tree itself.
However, Marc Morris has written a thoroughly interesting and informative story of the Castle's history which fits perfectly alongside his TV series of the same name. It starts from the creation of Castles in England until the English Civil War when the Castle had its last stand (to use the last chapter's title) - it will make you want to visit and experience them for yourself.
A great read.
Only real criticism, it would benefit from a few more maps and illustrations to go with the descriptions of sites.
Most recent customer reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was very readable, informative and well written. I shall read it again in another year or so.Published on 23 Jun. 2015 by June L.
Really enjoying this insight as to the method and reasons for castlesPublished on 25 Feb. 2015 by A. S. McLean
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