The Castles of Walesby Lindsay Evans
The majestic castles of Wales were erected as symbols of power. Today's tourists stand in awe of the time-honored remainders of Welsh's colorful history. The first castles were built by the Normans whose encroachment throughout Europe could be witnessed by these beautiful landmarks. In attempts to reclaim their identity and control, the Welsh began designing their own magnificent fortresses which led to the beautiful country manors of today.
The Castles of Wales is a fascinating account of how the country became renowned for its architecture. In reading about Edward I's castle-building program and Caernarfon's position in a rebel uprising, one learns of the unique relationship between art history and the fight for supremacy. Besides beautiful paintings and photographs of these famous castles, the book includes three glossaries complete with history, architectural terms, and place-names and an appendix centering around the dynastic genealogies.
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I was quite glad that I brought this book along on my first trip to Wales. It helped me to put a number of things into historical perspective. I would have been glad for a few more ground plans, but have also carried this book on subsequent trips.