Castles and Landscapes: Power, Community and Fortification in Medieval England

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Equinox Publishing Ltd., 2004 - History - 270 pages
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Castles were among the most dominant features of the medieval landscape and many remain impressive structures to the present day. This paperback edition of a book first published in hardback in 2002 is a fascinating and provocative study which looks at castles in a new light, using the theories and methods of landscape studies. For the first time castles are examined not as an isolated phenomenon, but in relation to their surrounding human as well as physical landscapes. Taking a thematic approach, the study examines a broad range of evidence - archaeological, documentary and topographical - to put castles back into the medieval landscape and assess their contribution to its evolution. Far more than simply a book about castles, this is a study of the impact of power and authority on the landscape. O.H. Creighton is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Exeter. He is the author (with R.A. Higham) of Medieval Castles (Shire, 2003).
 

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Contents

Castles and Their Contexts
9
Castle Siting and Distribution
35
Landscapes of Status and Symbolism
65
Tenurial Landscapes
89
Castles and Ecclesiastical 1 10
110
Castles and Urbanism
133
Castles in the Countryside
175
Overview
223
Glossary
229
Index
261
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O.H. Creighton is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Exeter. He is the author (with R.A. Higham) of Medieval Castles (Shire, 2003).

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