by Marc Morris


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From the author of The Norman Conquest and A Great and Terrible King comes a sweeping and stunning history of the most magnificent castles in Britain.

Beginning with their introduction in the eleventh century, and ending with their widespread abandonment in the seventeenth, Marc Morris explores many of the country’s most famous castles, as well as some spectacular lesser-known examples.

At times this is an epic tale, driven by characters like William the Conqueror, King John and Edward I, full of sieges and conquest on an awesome scale. But it is also by turns an intimate story of less eminent individuals, whose adventures, struggles and ambitions were reflected in the fortified residences they constructed. Be it ever so grand or ever so humble, a castle was first and foremost a home.

To understand castles—who built them, who lived in them, and why—is to understand the forces that shaped medieval Britain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681773599
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marc Morris is a historian and broadcaster specializing in the Middle Ages. He is the author of A Great and Terrible King, King John, and the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling The Norman Conquest. He lives in England.

Table of Contents


1 Humble Origins 1

2 Towers Of Stone 42

3 Building An Empire 83

4 An Englishman's Home 128

5 Safe As Houses 166

6 The Castle's Last Stand 203

Epilogue 243

Further Reading 249

Picture Credits 255

Index 257

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