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The medieval castle : life in a fortress in peace and war

Author: Philip Warner
Publisher: London : Penguin Books ; New York : Penguin Putnam, ©2001.
Series: Classic history.
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Before the evolution of the castle, Europe was vulnerable to any bloodthirsty marauder. But with the introduction of the not-and-bailey 'instant castle' invaders were checked, frontiers were held and life became more stable. Later, castles became part of conquerors' grand designs and to this we owe the great Crusader castles of Syria and the Edwardian castles of North Wales. This fascinating book explores the life  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Warner
ISBN: 0141390700 9780141390703
OCLC Number: 49611192
Description: 262 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 22 cm.
Contents: Why castles were evolved --
Precursors of the castle --
Motte and Bailey castle --
Weapons of attack and defence --
Castle at war --
Training and recreation: the foods they ate --
Crusaders and their castles --
Thirteenth-century castles and the factors which influenced their design --
People of Europe --
Living in castles --
Castle at bay --
Mind of the fighting man --
Conclusion: castle in decline --
Appendices: Cloth --
Giraldus Cambrensis --
Castle officials --
Armour --
Artillery --
Appearance & clothing --
Recreation & medieval mind.
Series Title: Classic history.
Responsibility: Philip Warner.
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Before the evolution of the castle, Europe was vulnerable to any bloodthirsty marauder. But with the introduction of the not-and-bailey 'instant castle' invaders were checked, frontiers were held and life became more stable. Later, castles became part of conquerors' grand designs and to this we owe the great Crusader castles of Syria and the Edwardian castles of North Wales. This fascinating book explores the life and thought of the Middle Ages with particular emphasis on the influence of the castle, a military society with all its faults and virtues. Philip Warner looks at the people who lived in these castles: what they wore, what they ate, the chores they hated and the thoughts that motivated them. In doing so, he also draws parallels between life some 500 years ago and life today.

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