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Castles: Their History and Evolution in Medieval Britain
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Castles: Their History and Evolution in Medieval Britain

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Beginning with their introduction in the eleventh century, and ending with their widespread abandonment in the seventeenth, Marc Morris explores many of the country’s most famous castles, as well as some spectacular lesser-known examples.


At times this is an epic tale, driven by characters like William the Conqueror, King John and Edward I, full of sieges and conquest on an awesome scale. But it is also by turns an intimate story of less eminent individuals, whose adventures, struggles and ambitions were reflected in the fortified residences they constructed. Be it ever so grand or ever so humble, a castle was first and foremost a home.


To understand castles—who built them, who lived in them, and why—is to understand the forces that shaped medieval Britain.

Title:Castles: Their History and Evolution in Medieval Britain
ISBN:1681773597
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages
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  • Lauren Albert
    Apr 16, 2017

    What were castles? Were they the same in definition and in reality? Morris takes the pragmatic view that a castle was something known as a castle. Why did someone want a castle? He shows that it wasn'...

  • Todd Stockslager
    May 10, 2017

    Review title: A man's castle is his homeCastles today are usually desolate ruins of hulking stone towers and walls covered with ivy and moss, exposed to the elements due to their lack of roofs, doors,...

  • Kevin
    May 04, 2017

    In his marvelously entertaining and educational CASTLES, medieval historian Marc Morris (The Norman Conquest) charts the evolution of the castle over a period of 600 years--beginning with King Edward ...