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Timber Castles
     

Timber Castles

by Robert Higham, Philip Barker
 

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Some of the greatest medieval castles survive only as earthworks and in pictures and written accounts of the period because they were made of timber. Timber castles were built throughout Europe in the Middle Ages, and this, the first comprehensive survey, restores them to their rightful place in the history of fortifications.

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Some of the greatest medieval castles survive only as earthworks and in pictures and written accounts of the period because they were made of timber. Timber castles were built throughout Europe in the Middle Ages, and this, the first comprehensive survey, restores them to their rightful place in the history of fortifications.

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This unusual, pioneering, badly needed book explores a topic many people have often wondered about but never tackled... Barker and Higham's lucid, exceptionally well illustrated text resurrects a lost, but significant, part of medieval life. Architects, historians, archaeologists, and students will draw upon their conclusions for decades. This is a truly important work, really an astonishing achievement, and it should be widely purchased."—This unusual, pioneering, badly needed book explores a topic many people have often wondered about but never tackled... Barker and Higham's lucid, exceptionally well illustrated text resurrects a lost, but significant, part of medieval life. Architects, historians, archaeologists, and students will draw upon their conclusions for decades. This is a truly important work, really an astonishing achievement, and it should be widely purchased.

"This important new book also includes an excellent résumé of evidence relating to timber castle building from both documentary and pictorial sources."—Archaeological Journal

"Scholarly and comprehensive."—History Today

"Eagerly awaited ... It is no exaggeration to say that this is a seminal work which will long remain an essential point of reference."—Fortress

"The first comprehensive survey of this neglected and little-known type of fortification ... It will certainly become the recognised authority on the subject of timbered castles."—British Digest Illustrated

"Written with verve and skill."—The Antiquaries Journal

"This is an excellent book; it should be on the bookshelves of all those interested in castles, and will be invaluable to those students studying medieval archaeology."—Minerva

"If you haven't got this book already, it has to be a must for anyone with any interest in its immensely intriguing subject."—Postern

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811717472
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.11(h) x 1.51(d)

Meet the Author

Philip Barker was formerly Reader in British Archaeology, University of Birmingham. He has directed a number of excavations and published several books. Robert Higham is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Exeter. His research interests cover two broad topics relating to the medieval period: the general theme of defence, in both its military and social aspects, and the medieval archaeology of South West England. He has directed a number of excavations and published several books. He has particular interests in the interplay between archaeological and historical data in the medieval period. Specific areas of research include urban defence, the archaeology, social and settlement history of castles and castle-building society, and the settlement history of Greater Exmoor.

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