Castles in Medieval Society: Fortresses in England, France, and Ireland in the Central Middle Ages

Castles in Medieval Society: Fortresses in England, France, and Ireland in the Central Middle Ages

by Charles Coulson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199273634

ISBN-13: 9780199273638

Pub. Date: 09/09/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In this challenging new book Charles Coulson overturns many of the traditional assumptions about the nature and purpose of castle-building in the middle ages. Going back to the original sources, he proposes a new and more subtle understanding of the function and symbolism of castles as well as vivid insights into the lives of the people who inhabited them.
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In this challenging new book Charles Coulson overturns many of the traditional assumptions about the nature and purpose of castle-building in the middle ages. Going back to the original sources, he proposes a new and more subtle understanding of the function and symbolism of castles as well as vivid insights into the lives of the people who inhabited them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199273638
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
454
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Castles: Ancient, Various, and Sociable
1. A Fresh Look at Early Castles
2. Variety Violated: Some Conceptual Problems
3. Some Social Relations of 'Castles and Fortresses'
Part II. Castles and the Public Interest
4. Noble Military 'Liberties', Ethos, and Ethics
5. Peacekeeping at Home and Abroad
6. Private Property but Public Utility
Part III. Castellans, Colonization, and Rural Community
7. Castle-Lords, Castle-Lordships, and Noble Civilization
8. Colonization and Fortresses
9. Population and Fortresses: Protection and Perquisites
Part IV. Castles and Circumstances of Widows, Guardians, and Heiresses
10. Female Castellans: Prevision not Prejudice
11. Ladies of Fortresses and Castle-Children
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

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