The Medieval Castle

The Medieval Castle : Life in a Fortress in Peace and War

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Before the evolution of the castle, Europe was vulernable to any bloodthirsty marauder. But with the introduction of the motte-and-bailey "instant castle", invaders were checked, frontiers were held and life became more stable. Later, castles became part of conquerors' grand designs and to this we owe the great Crusader castles of Syria and the Edwardian castles of North Wales. This book explores the life and thought of the Middle Ages with particular emphasis on the influence of the castle, a military society with all its faults and virtues. Philip Warner, whose "Sieges of the Middle Ages" is also published as a Classic Penguin, looks at the people who lived in these castles: what they wore, what they ate, the chores they hated and the thoughts that motivated them. In doing so, he also draws parallels between life some 500 years ago and life today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 134.62 x 220.98 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • maps, plans
  • 0141390700
  • 9780141390703
  • 2,106,786

About Philip Warner

Philip Warner was, for many years, Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is the author of PASSCHENDAELE, FIELD MARSHAL HAIG, THE BATTLE OF LOOS and SIEGES OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Classic Military History, July 2000).
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Table of contents

Why castles were evolved; the precursors of the castle; the Motte and Bailey castle; the weapons of attack and defence; a castle at war; training and recreation - the foods they ate; the crusaders and their castles; 13th-century castles and the factors which influenced their design; the people of Europe; living in castles; the castle at bay; the mind of the fighting man; conclusion - the castle in decline; appendices - cloth, Giraldus Cambrensis, castle officials, armour, artillery, appearance and clothing, recreation and the Mediaeval mind.
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