The Medieval Castles of Wales


Author: John R. Kenyon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780708321805

Category: Architecture

Page: 166

View: 9184

This fascinating new book presents visitors with details of over 90 medieval castles of Wales, highlighting some of the most historic and captivating sites in Britain. -- Welsh Books Council

Castles of Wales


Author: Alan Philips

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445644061

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 8302

Wales, a small country, is littered with the relics of war - Iron Age forts, Roman ruins, medieval castles and the coastal forts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The biggest construction of fortifications in Wales took place during the reign of Edward I. They were not only built to deter an invader, but to control the frequent Welsh uprisings. The next wave of constructions occurred during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when a number of forts and gun emplacements were built, mostly in South Wales, to deter a seaborne invasion. The twentieth century introduced a new mode of defence, especially during the two world wars, in the form of pillboxes, tank traps and gun emplacements. The various airfields constructed were the most visible form of defence and could be regarded as the castles of the period. This book looks at how Welsh castles protected Wales to make it what it is today.

The Impact of the Edwardian Castles in Wales


Author: Diane Williams,John R. Kenyon

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1782973672

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 7954

The Impact of the Edwardian Castles in Wales publishes the proceedings of a conference held in 2007, a year that marked the seventh centenary of the death of King Edward I, which set out to review recent scholarship on castles that he built in north Wales after two wars, in 1277 and 1282-83 and a Welsh uprising in 1294-95, and to rethink the effect that their building had upon Wales in the past, present and future. Building upon the seminal work of Arnold Taylor, whose study of the buildings and documentary evidence has been pivotal to Edwardian castle studies for more than fifty years, the volume includes papers which call into question the role of Master James of St George as the architect of the kings new castles; the role of Richard the Engineer, the nature of royal accommodation in the thirteenth century and a detailed look at how households worked, especially in the kitchen and accounting departments. New approaches to castle studies are encouraging a more holistic understanding of the Edwardian castles and their context and to this end papers consider their impact on Welsh society and its princes in the thirteenth century, notably Llywelyn ab Iorwerth ( Fawr , the Great) and his grandson, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, prince of Wales. Their symbolism and meaning through the words of Welsh poets and the mythology behind Caernarfon Castle are also examined, so too is the role of Welshmen in Edward Is armies. The wider context is considered with papers on the Edwardian towns in Wales, the baronial castles in north Wales and Edward I in Scotland and Gascony. The castles still have powerful resonance and the Minister for Heritage in the Welsh Assembly Government considers their role and presentation in Wales today and in the future. Robert Liddiard concludes that the volume 'not only takes our knowledge of the Edwardian castles forward, but also informs the study of castles in the British Isles'.

Welsh Castles

A Guide by Counties


Author: Adrian Pettifer

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851157788

Category: Architecture

Page: 212

View: 9532

History of and gazetteer to all surviving Welsh castles - the majority 13c - arranged by county, with full OS details.

Castles and Fortifications of Wales


Author: Alan Phillips

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445624842

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 4828

The fascinating story of the buildings that have helped to defend Wales throughout its history from the Iron Age to the twentieth century.

Castles in Wales and the Marches

Essays in Honour of D.J. Cathcart King


Author: John R. Kenyon,Richard Avent

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 248

View: 3497

This volume presents a collection of essays providing a picture of the current knowledge of castles in Wales and the Marches. The essays have been brought together to honour a leading scholar in the field of castle studies. The collection is set out in chronological order starting with early earthwork castles and extending through to the 17th-century Civil War. The majority of the papers look at an architectural, archaelogical or histroical aspect of a particular castle. There are in addition three synoptic papers. The interest of the volume goes beyond the medieval period, and six of the essays have particular relevance for post-medievalists.

The Medieval Castle in England and Wales

A Political and Social History


Author: Norman J. G. Pounds

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521458283

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 5191

This original and pioneering book examines the role of the castle in the Norman conquest of England and in the subsequent administration of the country. The castle is seen primarily as an instrument of peaceful administration which rarely had a garrison and was more often where the sheriff kept his files and employed his secretariat. In most cases the military significance of the castle was minimal, and only a very few ever saw military action. For the first time, the medieval castle in England is seen in a new light which will attract the general reader of history and archaeology as much as the specialist in economic and social history.

The Medieval March of Wales

The Creation and Perception of a Frontier, 1066–1283


Author: Max Lieberman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139486896

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 2343

This book examines the making of the March of Wales and the crucial role its lords played in the politics of medieval Britain between the Norman conquest of England of 1066 and the English conquest of Wales in 1283. Max Lieberman argues that the Welsh borders of Shropshire, which were first, from c.1165, referred to as Marchia Wallie, provide a paradigm for the creation of the March. He reassesses the role of William the Conqueror's tenurial settlement in the making of the March and sheds new light on the ways in which seigneurial administrations worked in a cross-cultural context. Finally, he explains why, from c.1300, the March of Wales included the conquest territories in south Wales as well as the highly autonomous border lordships. This book makes a significant and original contribution to frontier studies, investigating both the creation and the changing perception of a medieval borderland.

Medieval Warfare

A Bibliographical Guide


Author: Everett U. Crosby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135576262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

View: 5118

Hono sapiens, homo pugnans, and so it has been since the beginning of recorded history. In the Middle Ages, especially, armed conflict and the military life were so much a part of the political and cultural development that a general account of this period is, in large measure, a description of how men went to war.