The English Castle, 1066-1650

The English Castle, 1066-1650

by John Goodall
     
 

From coast to coast, the English landscape is still richly studded with castles both great and small. As homes or ruins, these historic buildings are today largely objects of curiosity. For centuries, however, they were at the heart of the kingdom's social and political life. The English Castle is a riveting architectural study that sets this legion of

Overview

From coast to coast, the English landscape is still richly studded with castles both great and small. As homes or ruins, these historic buildings are today largely objects of curiosity. For centuries, however, they were at the heart of the kingdom's social and political life. The English Castle is a riveting architectural study that sets this legion of buildings in historical context, tracing their development from the Norman Conquest in 1066 through the civil wars of the 1640s.

In this magnificent, compellingly written volume, which includes over 350 illustrations, John Goodall brings to life the history of the English castle over six centuries. In it he explores the varied architecture of these buildings and describes their changing role in warfare, politics, domestic living, and governance.

Editorial Reviews

Spear's Book Awards / City Private Bank

Winner of the Large Format Illustrated Book of the Year Award for the 2011 Spear's Book Awards, in association with City Private Bank

— Large Format Illustrated Book of the Year Award

Wall Street Journal

“This is the best kind of art and architecture book.”—Wall Street Journal (selection as a best nonfiction book of 2011)

Choice
. . . this new volume by Goodall will be an indispensable reference and should be added to every library collection. It is a gorgeously produced book . . . written throughout in an accessible style. . . . Essential.—L. Nees, Choice

— L. Nees

Berger Collection Educational Trust and The British Art Journal

Shortlisted for the William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History, as given by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and The British Art Journal

— Willam M. B. Berger Prize

Wall Street Journal - Stephen Brumwell

“[This] book is not only handsome, but reassuringly substantial . . . informed and thoughtful . . . lavishly illustrated . . . [and] fascinating.”—Stephen Brumwell, Wall Street Journal

Choice - L. Nees

". . . this new volume by Goodall will be an indispensable reference and should be added to every library collection. It is a gorgeously produced book . . . written throughout in an accessible style. . . . Essential."—L. Nees, Choice

Berger Collection Educational Trust and The British Art Journal - Willam M. B. Berger Prize

Shortlisted for the William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History, as given by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and The British Art Journal

Books and Culture - Daniel Taylor

“One could not ask for a better guide . . . Goodall is a fine, efficient storyteller. He deftly creates scene after scene in English political and castle history.”—Daniel Taylor, Books and Culture

Spear's Book Awards / City Private Bank - Large Format Illustrated Book of the Year Award

Winner of the Large Format Illustrated Book of the Year Award for the 2011 Spear's Book Awards, in association with City Private Bank

Historians of British Art - 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the Pre-1800 category

 Winner of the 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the Pre-1800 category, given by the Historians of British Art.

Library Journal
Goodall (architectural editor, Country Life) has produced an impressive, large-format history of England's evocative fortresses. While many were indeed besieged or ruined, castles are analyzed here as prestigious homes, primarily of royalty and nobility. Backed by comprehensive research, Goodall describes the cost, design, and fate of many key castles, starting with the Norman Conquest and ending in the English Civil War. The author's writing is dense with detail, but a grand narrative carries it along. He puts castles in the context of their times and traces the ways of large medieval and Renaissance households. Readers can follow the evolution of design, usually influenced by royal precedents, through six centuries. There are over 350 illustrations, including a splendid selection of color photographs. VERDICT A definitive general guide to English castles and owners during their heyday; a fine choice for university students and readers familiar with the field.—David R. Conn, formerly with Surrey P.L., B.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300110586
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Series:
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Series
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,032,379
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

John Goodall is the architecture editor of the weekly magazine Country Life.

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