Castles of Britain and Ireland

Castles of Britain and Ireland

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by Rodney Castleden
     
 

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Once great symbols of power and domination, castles are tangible reminders of Britain and Ireland’s turbulent and bloody past—one of royalty, noblemen, intrigue, and tyranny. Studded throughout the landscape, these formidable strongholds are inextricably entwined with the rich and resonant history and ever-changing terrain of England, Ireland, Scotland and

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Once great symbols of power and domination, castles are tangible reminders of Britain and Ireland’s turbulent and bloody past—one of royalty, noblemen, intrigue, and tyranny. Studded throughout the landscape, these formidable strongholds are inextricably entwined with the rich and resonant history and ever-changing terrain of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Beautifully captured in this gloriously illustrated volume are 115 of the most majestic and signifi cant castles. Each has its own enigmatic tale to be told: the forbidding Tower of London and regal Windsor Castle strongly evoke the age-old power struggles of the English Crown, while the seeming tranquility of Eilean Donan hides a violent history of hermits and hostages, and the grandeur of Caernarfon obscures its past as a fearsome colonial settlement—even the magical stones of Blarney conceal bygone confl ict, myth and mystery.

The captivating stories are told through informative and lucid commentary accompanied by sumptuous color images illustrating the picturesque beauty of each castle in all their unique glory. Blending illuminating history with details of the castles’ current state, Castles of Britain and Ireland illustrates how these imposing buildings—whether they are romantic ruins or royal residences—remain potent touchstones for the imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435138964
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/25/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
98,310
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

RODNEY CASTLEDEN is an extensively published author in the fi elds of archeology, geography and history. His authorial credits include The Book of Saints and the Concise Encyclopedia of World History.

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Castles of Britain and Ireland 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the pictures and the author gives a history of each castle. However, I am not so familiar with European history, especially all the battles in England so there's some history discussed I had trouble following. Regardless, good book if you love castles and need a great coffee table book.
DPlantagenet More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful coffee table book, and the photographs are stunning. The individual information; the year each was built, founded by etc. is top rate and the histories are well written. From a personal viewpoint I wish that more information was given for the fifteenth century timeline (which for most is brief or skipped over completely) but that is a personal preference and does not detract in any way from this beautiful book. If you are interested in castles and/or British and Irish history, this is a book well worth buying.