Castles and Landscapes

Power, Community and Fortification in Medieval England

Author: O. H. Creighton

Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 9781904768678

Category: History

Page: 270

View: 9903

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).

Castles in Context

Power, Symbolism and Landscape, 1066 to 1500

Author: Robert Liddiard

Publisher: David Brown Book Company

ISBN: 9780954557522

Category: Architecture

Page: 178

View: 3365

Castle studies have been transformed in recent years with a movement away from the traditional interpretation of castles as static military structures towards a wider view of castles as aesthetic symbols of power, with a more complicated relationship with the landscape. Supported by numerous colour photographs of the most `tangible' remains of the Middle Ages, this clearly written and very accessible study makes the most current ideas about the role of the castle available to a wider and more general readership. Robert Liddiard discusses the history of castle building before and after the Norman Conquest, considering the Norman and medieval definition of the castle, and he reassesses the military defensive capabilities of castles, demolishing the idea that they were built in response to military policy. Instead, they proved a very effective means for aristocrats to display their status. Liddiard evaluates the role of the castle in warfare and the extent to which sieges played a part in conflicts before turning his attention to the varied role of the castle in the landscape (and in the lives of those who lived in and around it) and its relationship to its environment, arguing that the aesthetic setting of many castles was not a happy accident. Throughout, the study is supported by numerous case studies which examine the archaeological, architectural and historical evidence for numerous castles.

"Landscapes of Lordship"

Norman Castles and the Countryside in Medieval Norfolk, 1066-1200

Author: Robert Liddiard

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited


Category: Social Science

Page: 170

View: 4810

In this detailed study, Liddiard examines the processes and factors which determined the number, distribution and location of castles and considers how a castle's construction altered its environment. Using structures such as Castle Acre, Castle Rising, Middleton and Horsford as examples, Liddiard suggests that the location of most of Norfolk's castles was shaped by social factors and not military considerations. Castles were primarily intended to act as residences even though they were designed to dramatically dominate the landscape.

Wexford Castles

Landscape, Context and Settlement

Author: Billy Colfer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781859184936

Category: History

Page: 268

View: 2263

"Billy Colfer's Wexford Castles expands the Irish Landscapes series by taking a thematic approach, while still staying loyal to the central landscape focus. Rather than adapting a narrowly architectural approach, he situates these buildings in a superbly reconstructed historical, social, and cultural milieu. County Wexford has three strikingly different regions - the Anglo-Norman south, the hybridised middle and the Gaelic north - which render it a remarkable version in parvo of the wider island. Colfer's wide-angle lens takes in so much than the castles themselves, as he ranges widely and deeply in reading these striking buildings as texts, revealing the cultural assumptions and historical circumstances which shaped them. In this most cosmopolitan of counties, we range far and wide in search of the wide-spreading roots of its cultural landscape - from the Crusades and the Mani peninsula in Greece to the Bristol Channel, from Crac des Chevaliers to Westminster, from the Viking north and the cold Atlantic to the warm Mediterranean south. The book breaks new ground in exploring the long-run cultural shadow cast by the Anglo-Normans and their castles, as this appears in the Gothic Revival, in the poetry of Yeats and in the surprisingly profuse crop of Wexford historians and writers. While most books on a single architectural form can end up visually monotonous, creativity has been lavished on this volume in terms of keeping the images varied, fresh and constantly appealing. The result is a sympathetic and innovative treatment of the castles, understood not just as a mere architectural form, but as keys to unlocking the mentalitae of those who lived in them. Wexford Castles: landscape, context and settlement is a worthy conclusion of Billy's Colfer's superb trilogy of landscape studies."--Publisher's website.

Early European Castles

Aristocracy and Authority, AD 800-1200

Author: Oliver Creighton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474282199

Category: Architecture

Page: 176

View: 2744

Medieval castles were, alongside the great cathedrals, the most recognisable buildings of the medieval world. Closely associated with concepts of justice, lordship and authority as well as military might, castles came to encapsulate the period's very essence. Looking at above and below-ground evidence and examining a wide variety of sites - from towering donjons to earth and timber castles - in different parts of western Europe, this book explores the relationship between early castle building and the emergence of a new aristocracy and investigates the impact of authority on the organisation of the landscape. A particular focus is on the social context of early private fortifications: Europe's earliest castles came to embody a new and radically different form of power – an aristocratic authority that was highly personal in nature, glaringly visible in its presence, and enforceable through violence, both threatened and real. The volume reassesses traditional models of castle origins; examines aspects of elite lifestyle in and around these structures, including pastimes and diet; considers medieval visual experiences of sites and their settings; and explores some future directions for research.

Understanding the Castle Ruins of England and Wales

How to Interpret the History and Meaning of Masonry and Earthworks

Author: Lise Hull

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476665974

Category: History

Page: 228

View: 9636

Medieval castles were not just showcases for the royal and powerful, they were also the centerpieces of many people's daily lives. A travel guide as well as a historical text, this volume looks at castles not just as ruined buildings, but as part of the cultural and scenic landscape. The 88 photographs illustrate the different architectural concepts and castle features discussed in the text. The book includes glossaries of terminology, an appendix listing all the castles mentioned and their locations, notes, bibliography and index.

Imaginary Buildings and Magical Lands

Fantastic Forests, Landscapes, Castles and Doodled Cities to Color

Author: Steve Turner

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781548135508


Page: 72

View: 489

Imaginary Buildings and Magical Lands Escape to a magical world of doodled buildings and fantasy landscapes Over 30 hand-drawn unique high quality drawings professionally digitized into crisp and clean coloring pages with sharp black lines. From doodled cities, to secret forests, cloud lands, temples, cathedrals, castles and more. Trees and flowers sit alongside detailed brickwork and stone ruins as you let your imagination run away with you. World renowned colorists have claimed that Imaginary Buildings and Magical Lands is one of their favourite coloring books of all time! Over thirty unique illustrations to color! High quality pages with crisp black lines! Perfect for Christmas Gifts! Free Downloads Inside! Printed on single sided pages so you don't bleed through to the next drawing! Steve "Squidoodle" Turner is a best-selling coloring book creator, tattoo designer, artist and doodler. He creates work for companies worldwide, and is the author of the best-selling books Creative Insults, A Day At The Beach and the recent OMG! What Did You Just Say?

Late Medieval Castles

Author: Robert Liddiard

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1783270330

Category: Architecture

Page: 425

View: 6884

A collection of the most significant articles in castle studies, with contributions from scholars in history, archaeology, historic buildings and landscape archaeology.

Medieval East Anglia

Author: Christopher Harper-Bill

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9781843831518

Category: History

Page: 341

View: 5384

"Medieval East Anglia - one of the most significant and prosperous parts of England in the middle ages - examined through essays on its landscape, history, religion, literature, and culture"--Provided by publisher.

Landscape Photography

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Author: Rob Sheppard

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 032182377X

Category: Computers

Page: 249

View: 8633

A guide to landscape photography using a DSLR camera covers such topics as light, composition, perspective, lenses, black-and-white images, and HDR.

Castles of the World : Adult Coloring Book Vol. 2

Castle Sketches for Coloring

Author: Alicia Lasley

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781522752417


Page: 86

View: 9033

Castles of the World: Adult Coloring Book Vol.2 - Castle Sketches For Coloring. This Coloring Book is a part of 4 in Castle Coloring Book Series (Volume 2) This collection of beautiful Castles around the world will captivate and excite adult Colorists. You can give this book as a value gifts for you families, Friends, and Yourself! This Book Contains: - Over 40 Castle sketches for coloring - Illustrated in Landscape Layout - Printed on the front of Pages only for easy coloring and displaying. You have no Need to worry about bleed-through if you use markers or fine-tip pens. Enjoy!

Castles from the Air

Author: R. Allen Brown

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521329323

Category: History

Page: 246

View: 4121

120 medieval castles of Britain are presented with aerial photographs and detailed commentary. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Landscape and Settlement in Medieval Wales

Author: Nancy Edwards

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited


Category: History

Page: 170

View: 2113

Recent research and fieldwork on the settlement and landscape of Medieval Wales presented at the 1994 meeting of the Welsh Archaeological Congress is here set down for all to read. The contributions are: Landscape and settlement (Nancy Edwards); Wetland reclamation on the Gwent levels (Stephen Rippon); Landscape of Gwent and the Marches as seen through the Charters (C Hurley); The royal courts of the Welsh princes in Gwynedd, AD 400-1283 (David Longley); The locations of the royal courts of 13th century Gwynedd (N Johnston); Aerial photography and historic landscape on the Great Orme, Llandudno (M Aris); Place-names and vegetation history as a key to understanding settlement in the Conwy Valley (D Hooke); Transhumance and settlement on the Welsh uplands: A view from the Black Mountain (A Ward); Historic settlement surveys in Clwyd and Powys (Robert Silvester); Post-conquest and pre-conquest villages in Pembrokeshire (J Kissock); Small boroughs in south-west Wales (K Murphy); New Radnor: the topography of a planned town (R J Silvester); Medieval Wales: a summing up (Christopher Dyer).

The Anarchy: War and Status in 12th-Century Landscapes of Conflict

Author: Oliver H. Creighton,Duncan W. Wright

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1781382425


Page: 288

View: 2204

The turbulent reign of Stephen, King of England (1135-54), has been styled since the late 19th century as 'the Anarchy', although the extent of political breakdown during the period has since been vigorously debated. Rebellion and bitter civil war characterised Stephen's protracted struggle with rival claimant Empress Matilda and her Angevin supporters over 'nineteen long winters' when, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, 'Christ and his Saints slept'. Drawing on new research and fieldwork, this innovative volume offers the first ever overview and synthesis of the archaeological and material record for this controversial period. It presents and interrogates many different types of evidence at a variety of scales, ranging from nationwide mapping of historical events through to conflict landscapes of battlefields and sieges. The volume considers archaeological sites such as castles and other fortifications, churches, monasteries, bishops' palaces and urban and rural settlements, alongside material culture including coins, pottery, seals and arms and armour. This approach not only augments but also challenges historical narratives, questioning the 'real' impact of Stephen's troubled reign on society, settlement, church and the landscape, and opens up new perspectives on the conduct of Anglo-Norman warfare

Landscape History

Journal of the Society for Landscape Studies

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Archaeology

Page: N.A

View: 1685


Placing Castles in the Conquest

Landscape, Lordship and Local Politics in the South-Eastern Midlands, 1066-1100

Author: Andrew Lowerre

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN: 9781841717029

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 8722

The purpose of castles - their position and their symbolic nature - is the main focus of this study, which takes into account the importance of their context in the medieval world, as part of a many-faceted society. The four south-eastern counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire and their castle buildings are looked at in detail to define the reasons for their locations - not just from a 'military-strategic' point of view, but a social and economic one as well.

Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Author: Scott Kelby

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0133988139

Category: Photography

Page: 1296

View: 1278

This attractive boxed set includes: The Digital Photography Book, Part 1, 2nd Edition (ISBN 0321934946), The Digital Photography Book, Part 2, 2nd Edition (ISBN 0321948548), The Digital Photography Book, Part 3 (ISBN 0321617657), The Digital Photography Book, Part 4 (ISBN 0321773020), and The Digital Photography Book, Part 5 (0133856887). Scott Kelby, the man who changed the "digital darkroom" forever, shows which buttons to push, which settings to use, when to use them, and hundreds of the most closely guarded photographic "tricks of the trade" to get budding photographers shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos with their digital camera every time they press the shutter button. Scott tackles the most important side of digital photography–how to take pro-quality shots using the same tricks today's top digital pros use (and it's easier than you'd think). Each chapter is packed with plain English tips on using flash, shooting close-up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he's got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and sports photographers. Chapter after chapter, page after page, Scott shares all the pros' secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you're shooting. This bundle has a value of US $125.

Behind the Castle Gate

From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

Author: Matthew Johnson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135135584

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 3374

In this engaging book Matthew Johnson looks 'behind the castle gate' to discover the truth about castles in England at the end of the Middle Ages. Traditional studies have seen castles as compromises between the needs of comfort and of defence, and as statements of wealth or power or both. By encouraging the reader to view castles in relation to their inhabitants, Matthew Johnson uncovers a whole new vantage point. He shows how castles functioned as stage-settings against which people played out roles of lord and servant, husband and wife, father and son. Building, rebuilding and living in a castle was as complex an experience as a piece of medieval art. Behind the Castle Gate brings castles and their inhabitants alive. Combining ground-breaking scholarship with fascinating narratives it will be read avidly by all with an interest in castles.

Spectacular Ireland

Author: Peter Harbison

Publisher: Universe Pub

ISBN: 9780789399670

Category: Travel

Page: 136

View: 8391

A historical overview of the country combined with more than one hundred color photographs and gatefolds provides a stunning overview of this magical land of ancient lore and modern beauty, highlighting its most prized architecture, abbeys, and pastoral scenes.