Behind the Castle Gate

Behind the Castle Gate

by Matthew Johnson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415261007

ISBN-13: 9780415261005

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In this engaging book Matthew Johnson looks 'behind the castle gate' to discover the truth about castles in England at the end of the Middle Ages.

Traditional studies have seen castles as compromises between the needs of comfort and of defence, and as statements of wealth or power or both. By encouraging the reader to view castles in relation to their inhabitants

Overview

In this engaging book Matthew Johnson looks 'behind the castle gate' to discover the truth about castles in England at the end of the Middle Ages.

Traditional studies have seen castles as compromises between the needs of comfort and of defence, and as statements of wealth or power or both. By encouraging the reader to view castles in relation to their inhabitants, Matthew Johnson uncovers a whole new vantage point. He shows how castles functioned as stage-settings against which people played out roles of lord and servant, husband and wife, father and son. Building, rebuilding and living in a castle was as complex an experience as a piece of medieval art.

Behind the Castle Gate brings castles and their inhabitants alive. Combining ground-breaking scholarship with fascinating narratives it will be read avidly by all with an interest in castles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415261005
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Figures
Preface: Behind the Gate at Cooling
1. Introduction: Casting our Eyes Upon Sconces
2. Watery Landscapes
3. The Ordering of the Late Medieval Castle
4. Medieval to Renaissance
5. Kenilworth: The Evidence House
6. Beyond the Pale
7. Conclusion: Rethinking Castles
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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