Life in the Castle in Medieval England
by John Burke
Publisher: British Heritage Press
With more than 100 illustrations
Castles exert a powerful influence on our imagination. The walls which echo our footsteps once echoed to long-past laughter, revelry, the ring of the armourer's anvil, the clatter of horses' hooves. Above all we want to know the details of life then. How was the household organized and run from day to day? Where were clothes washed? What did lord and servant eat? Where did they sleep? How and why were castles built?
The text is lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs ad contemporary illustrations.
John Burke skillfully reconstitutes this fascinating picture of basic amenities, discomfort (Henry III insisted that the constable of the Tower of London have another privy put in 'even though it should cost a hundred pounds'), pageantry, warfare, and administration of an often butal feudal system.
Binding the detail into a broader scheme, John Burke enables the reader to see the castle in the context of medieval society (the role it played in the countryside, its political and military importance, the sort of life it sustained) and to get a clear picture of castle development from early motte and bailey forts through the great Norman and high medieval period to the castle's transformation into the manor house.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages are tanned and darkening from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust covers are tanned from age. Dust covers show a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing. Binding is beginning to split in places throughout the book, but pages are in tact.
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