Rodney Castleden is an extensively published author in the fields of archaeology, geography and history. His authorial credits include the hugely successful Concise Encyclopedia of World History.
The Castles of Britain and Irelandby Rodney Castleden
In Castles of Britain and Ireland, Rodney Castleden weaves a fascinating and detailed narrative of 115 of the grandest and most
To many, medieval castles are the essence of Britain and Ireland's fascinating past. Immersed in history and centuries old, each one tells a story of Kings, Queens and feuding lords; war and bloody conflict; treason, revenge and murder.
In Castles of Britain and Ireland, Rodney Castleden weaves a fascinating and detailed narrative of 115 of the grandest and most historically significant castles in the British Isles, including Balmoral in Scotland, Bunratty in Ireland, Caernarfon in Wales and St Michael's Mount in England. As well as the details of the construction, function, and often the destruction of these magnificent buildings, each chapter also tells the human stories behind these ancient walls, with fascinating details of everyday life within.
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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.
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.