Late Medieval Castles

Late Medieval Castles

Edited by Robert Liddiard

eBook for Handhelds

Boydell Press



A collection of the most significant articles in castle studies, with contributions from scholars in history, archaeology, historic buildings and landscape archaeology.
The castles of the late medieval period represent some of the finest medieval monuments in Britain, with an almost infinite capacity to fascinate and draw controversy. They are also a source of considerable academic debate.
The contents of this volume represent key works in castle scholarship. Topics discussed include castle warfare, fortress customs, architectural design and symbolism, spatial planning and the depiction of castles in medieval romance. The contributions also serve to highlight the diversity of approaches to the medieval castle, ranging from the study of documentary and literary sources, analysis of fragmentary architectural remains and the recording of field archaeology. The result is a survey that offers an in-depth analysis of castle building from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries, and places castles within their broader social, architectural and political contexts.

Robert Liddiard is Professor of History, University of East Anglia.

Contributors: Nicola Coldstream, Charles Coulson, Philip Dixon, Graham Fairclough, P.A. Faulkner, John Goodall, Beryl Lott, Charles McKean, T.E. McNeill, Richard K. Morris, Michael Prestwich, Christopher Taylor, Muriel A. Whitaker.


112 black and white, 38 line illustrations
443 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Hardback, 9781783270330, November 2016
eBook for Handhelds, 9781782048947, November 2016
eBook, 9781782048930, November 2016
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037010, HIS027130, SOC003000
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Table of Contents

Robert Liddiard, Introduction
Charles Coulson, Fourteenth-Century Castles in Context: Apotheosis or Decline?
Nicola Coldstream, 'Architects, Advisors and Design at Edward I's Castles in Wales'
Philip Dixon and Beryl Lott, The Courtyard and the Tower: Contexts and Symbols in the Development of Late Medieval Great Houses
P. A. Faulkner, Castle Planning in the Fourteenth Century
Graham Fairclough, Meaningful Constructions: Spatial and Functional Analysis of Medieval Buildings
. Philip Dixon, Mota, Aula et Turris: the Manor-Houses of the Anglo-Scottish Border
John Goodall, Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Charles McKean, A Scottish Problem with Castles
Charles Coulson, Structural Symbolism in Medieval Castle Architecture
Charles Coulson, Specimens of Freedom to Crenellate by Licence
Charles Coulson, Some Analysis of the Castle of Bodiam, East Sussex
Michael Prestwich, English Castles in the Reign of Edward II
T. E. McNeill, Castles of Ward and the Changing Pattern of Border Conflict in Ireland
Philip Dixon, The Donjon of Knaresborough: the Castle as Theatre
Richard K. Morris, The Architecture of Arthurian Enthusiasm: Castle Symbolism in the Reigns of Edward I and his Successors
Christopher Taylor, Medieval Ornamental Landscapes
Muriel A. Whitaker, Otherworld Castles in Middle English Arthurian Romance
Guide to Further Reading


Professor Liddiard has done a splendid job in bringing these chapters together in one place, as a hugely valuable resource for students and professionals alike. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

Makes a considerable and much-needed contribution [and offers a] comprehensive analysis. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

A very important addition to the literature of castle studies...strongly recommended to serious students of medieval castle studies. CASEMATE

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