English Castles 1200-1300

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From the end of the 12th century onwards the English castle began to adopt the classical form that defines it to this day, and this period saw the construction and expansion of some of England's most famous fortifications, including the Tower of London. These fortifications were to be thoroughly tested over the course of the 13th century as England was riven by conflict between the monarchy and powerful magnates. As well as providing the focus for warfare, castles increasingly became the centres of the local ...

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Overview

From the end of the 12th century onwards the English castle began to adopt the classical form that defines it to this day, and this period saw the construction and expansion of some of England's most famous fortifications, including the Tower of London. These fortifications were to be thoroughly tested over the course of the 13th century as England was riven by conflict between the monarchy and powerful magnates. As well as providing the focus for warfare, castles increasingly became the centres of the local community providing justice and administration, as well as a more permanent base for the lord, his family and retainers. This title details the design and development of these fortifications throughout England, as well as the major English sites in Wales.

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"The book includes a description of the main features found in English castles during the 13th century, some of the main castles, and a history of the major events they were involved... The illustrations cover several selected castles and sections of them with cutaways...  The reader may find parts he is familiar with, or details he is not interested in, but the book makes a great compact reference for castles and their relationship to this part of English history." -JE Kaufmann, Site-O / siteo.net (January 2010)

"This book provides a clear, well written description of the varied characteristics of castles in the 13th century, with special attention to the Tower of London, which, while predating this period, was extensively remodeled during this time, as were many earlier castles... This interesting, informative book is recommended to anyone wishing a short introduction to English castle building near its peak." -Bolling Smith, Coast Defense Journal (March 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033742
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Series: Fortress Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chronology 8

Design and Development 10

Town defences

Building castles

The Principles of Defence 21

The development of the gatehouse

The barbican

The postern or sally port

Tour of a Castle: The Tower of London in the 13th Century 29

The Castle at Peace 35

Chambers

Decoration

Kitchens

Chapels

Workshops and pens

Gardens and parks

Prisons

The Castle at War 45

King John

Henry III

War in Wales

The Barons' War

Edward I

Aftermath 53

Visiting the Castles Today 56

Bibliography 60

Glossary 62

Index 64

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