Castle

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As Marc Morris shows, there is more to castles than drawbridges and battlements, portcullises and arrow-loops. Be it ever so grand or ever so humble, a castle is first and foremost a home. It may look tough and defensible on the outside, but on the inside, a castle is all about luxury and creature comforts. To understand castles—who built them, who lived in them, and why—is to understand the forces that shaped medieval Britain.

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As Marc Morris shows, there is more to castles than drawbridges and battlements, portcullises and arrow-loops. Be it ever so grand or ever so humble, a castle is first and foremost a home. It may look tough and defensible on the outside, but on the inside, a castle is all about luxury and creature comforts. To understand castles—who built them, who lived in them, and why—is to understand the forces that shaped medieval Britain.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780330432467
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
Introduction 1
1 Humble Origins 7
2 Towers of Stone 50
3 Building an Empire 94
4 An Englishman's Home 142
5 Safe as Houses 183
6 The Castle's Last Stand 222
Epilogue 263
Further reading 268
Picture credits 277
Index 278
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