Castles (Paperback)

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Description


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.

About the Author


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

Praise For…


Enchanting journey through feudal England in the wake of Norman castle building. An engaging work that will no doubt prompt enthusiastic visits to castles around Britain.

A fresh and accessible slice of medieval history. Morris’s lively and accessible prose makes this a great entry point for readers new to English medieval history.

Historian Marc Morris's Castles offers an enthusiastic and marvelously entertaining socio-architectural history covering 600 years of British castles.


Seeking to answer the question of how to precisely define castles, Morris has created a riveting tale of politics and violence, technology and innovation. Morris’ slim yet detailed book moves us beyond an I-know-it-when-I-see-it impression and toward a real understanding of these buildings, creating a more vivid, rich and accurate view of England, Wales and Scotland in the medieval period.

Captivating and entertaining. More than just a study of architecture, weaponry, and personalities, Castle pieces together a comprehensive overview that gives a fresh take on medieval and early modern Britain and the forces that shaped it. Whether ruined or intact, castles still have the power to fire the imagination, and Marc Morris leaves you in no doubt why.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781681776866
ISBN-10: 1681776863
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018
Pages: 280
Language: English