Welsh Castles

August 2000
16 colour, 27 line illustrations
252 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851157788
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC ARC005000, REF015000, HIS015000

Welsh Castles

A Guide by Counties

Adrian Pettifer

History of and gazetteer to all surviving Welsh castles - the majority 13c - arranged by county, with full OS details.
The medieval castles of Wales are an imposing group of monuments. Although there are examples from the Norman period, the vast majority of the surviving castles date from the thirteenth century, a dramatic and turbulent period when Wales was nearly united under native rule before succumbing to Edward I's conquest: Caernarfon, Conway, Harlech and Beaumaris are justly famous, but equally fine examples can be found elsewhere, including Pembroke, Kidwelly and Chepstow in south Wales; native Welsh castles feature prominently.
This book provides a brief account and complete gazetteer of every surviving castle in Wales, from the impressive earthworks raised by the Norman invaders to the castle-palaces of the later middle ages, and including the remarkable town fortifications of Wales; it is arranged by county for convenience of reference, and offers full Ordnance Survey details. Lavishly illustrated.
ADRIAN PETTIFER gained his degree in ancient and medieval history from Birmingham University.


Excellent as a book to have with you on your travels to give you at least basic and sometimes fairly detailed and extensive information of the site you have found or are looking for. CASEMATE

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