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 consultant in addition to a historic textual content, this quantity seems at castles not only as ruined constructions, yet as a part of the cultural and scenic panorama. The 88 images illustrate different architectural strategies and chateau gains mentioned within the textual content. The booklet contains glossaries of terminology, an appendix directory the entire castles pointed out and their destinations, notes, bibliography and index.
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Extra resources for Understanding the Castle Ruins of England and Wales: How to Interpret the History and Meaning of Masonry and Earthworks
5 After burning the land clear of vegetation, builders marked out the plan of the castle with large stones, which they placed to indicate the midway point for the earthen ramparts to be built over them. Then, they piled up heaps of turf to form the embankment, over which they laid a mass of clay mixed with granite chunks to form the outermost coating of the rampart. The relative speed with which ringwork castles could be constructed, or at least partly Best recognized from the eastern side of the site, the low ditch and ring-bank at Llantrithyd Castle enclose almost the entire ringwork, which had a diameter of about 184 feet.
As William began to parcel out his new kingdom to the loyal lords who fought by his side against the Saxons, motte castles began to appear throughout England and in Wales. In fact, in order to gather enough men for his army, Duke William had probably promised his most important supporters that they would receive large parcels of land if they accompanied him to England and helped defeat Harold II. In exchange, William expected nothing less than complete fealty from the men. The bargain was the basis of the feudal system that William enforced in his new kingdom.
Located some 20 miles west of London, Windsor was strategically positioned to defend the capital city. William’s castle took its name from the Saxon village of Windlesora (also known as Old Windsor), which overlooked the River Thames at the edge of the Saxon royal hunting ground and forest that had attracted the king to the spot to build his castle. Like ringworks, motte castles were easy and inexpensive to build, needing only unskilled laborers to excavate a large, round ditch and heap the materials dug from the ditch into the center of the circular area it enclosed.
Understanding the Castle Ruins of England and Wales: How to Interpret the History and Meaning of Masonry and Earthworks by Lise Hull