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Understanding the Castle Ruins of England and Wales: How to by Lise Hull

By Lise Hull

Medieval castles weren't simply showcases for the royal and strong, they have been additionally the centerpieces of many people's day-by-day lives. A trip advisor in addition to a old textual content, this quantity seems at castles not only as ruined constructions, yet as a part of the cultural and scenic panorama. The 88 photos illustrate the various architectural innovations and chateau positive factors mentioned within the textual content. The booklet comprises glossaries of terminology, an appendix directory the entire castles pointed out and their destinations, notes, bibliography and index.

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21 Many developed into the realm’s greatest fortresses. For example, even though the extensive masonry fortifications give the impression that Windsor Castle is a stone fortress, it is in fact a motte and bailey castle: topped by the Round Tower, the great motte still dominates the center of the formidable fortress. On either side of the motte, the two baileys contain the major buildings, including the State apartments. A towered curtain wall forms the outer defenses where the timber palisades once stood.

20 Today, visitors to Hen Domen, Llantrithyd, or any one of dozens of earth and timber castles in Britain will encounter only the earthwork remains. The timber structures no longer survive, at least above ground, to prove to modern skeptics that many of these sites were once formidable barriers to an assault and once buzzed with daily life. And age and the weather have taken their toll on the mottes, ringworks, and the earthen banks of their baileys. All have been eroded and stand somewhat lower than they did in their medieval heyday, and, in many cases, slumping earth and the natural accumulation of vegetation has filled in their ditches.

For example, even though the extensive masonry fortifications give the impression that Windsor Castle is a stone fortress, it is in fact a motte and bailey castle: topped by the Round Tower, the great motte still dominates the center of the formidable fortress. On either side of the motte, the two baileys contain the major buildings, including the State apartments. A towered curtain wall forms the outer defenses where the timber palisades once stood. Similarly, Arundel and Warwick Castles originated as motte and bailey castles.

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