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Castle: A History of the Buildings that Shaped Medieval Britain Hardcover – 2 May 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Channel 4 Books (2 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752215361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752215365
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An interesting political overview of each period of castle building. -- Oxford Times, June 2003

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A unique look at the history of some of most treasured castles in Britain. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I found this book was very informative and a fascinating read.
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.
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A fantastic resume of the history of the Castle over the years. No need to have watched the programme as the authors descriptions and diagrams allow your mind to illustrate all the mystery and facts surrounding a great British (or was it French!) tradition. A tribute to the author is the fact that you can't put it down. When will he write another and what will the subject be?????
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Quite complete work about English castles.
Rich in related histories.
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An interesting and very readable book. Marc Morris explains the evolution of the castle and how it has worked (or not) at different times in history. He really has brought the subject to life. He tells us about the people who built castles and examines what they wanted from their own particular version of it. This book was as gripping as any thriller!
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Castles are a familiar part of the British landscape, and visiting them formed a regular part of my childhood. We were always being taken to various castles, the earliest I can remember going to being Corfe Castle in Dorset. I have always found them magnificent, atmospheric and fascinating, and felt like if I could just retune my brain a little bit I'd be able to experience exactly what the castles were like in their heyday.

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.
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Simon.De.Montforti,ntroduced.the.Castle.to.Britain
From,France,which.led.to,a.Frenzy.of.construction
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
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Castle: A History of Buildings That Shaped Medieval Britain

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.
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Format: Paperback
Much better than the usual picture book accompanying the TV series - an excellent introduction to castles and the reasons for them.
Only real criticism, it would benefit from a few more maps and illustrations to go with the descriptions of sites.
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