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4.5 out of 5 stars
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on 5 September 2012
This is an interesting and quite educational book regarding the archaeology of castles between 1006 and 1500. The main focus of this book is about the power of castles and more importantly their symbolism within the landscape. This topic of discussion makes this more of an academic book rather than a general book about castles. The contents within the book are

1. From Functionalism to Symbolism
2. Castles, Conquest and Authority
3. Architecture and Power
4. The Castle at War
5. Lordly Landscapes
6. Experiencing Castles: Iconography and Status
7. Rethinking the Castle Story

The authors' style of writing is easy to read and quickly grabs the readers attentions. The topics of discussion and the evidence supporting the argument concerning castles is fantastic. The book is well laid out with plenty of useful coloured plates. This is a highly recommend read to any with an interest in castles.
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on 29 May 2009
The brilliant Rob Liddiard (my tutor at Uni) has eventually put together his castle's argument in the pages of a book. It's a light read so you don't have to be an academic to get through it. Lovely and glossy with fab pics - it is going to be a must-have in any medievalist's collection (which is why I bought it) in future years - I disagree wholeheartedly with his argument but still love him anyway. He writes like he speaks - so much fun!
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