Behind the Castle Gate: From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

Behind the Castle Gate: From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

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by Matthew Johnson
     
 

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

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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:
9780415258876
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Preface: behind the gate at Cooling
1Introduction: casting our eyes upon sconces1
2Watery landscapes19
3The ordering of the late medieval castle55
4Medieval to Renaissance93
5Kenilworth: the evidence house136
6Beyond the pale161
7Conclusion: rethinking castles176
Glossary184
Bibliography187
Index204

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