[ Pdf Castles µ holland PDF ] by Marc Morris ð I think Marc Morris is a fantastic historian and author I ve read several of his other books A Great and Terrible King, The Norman Conquest, etc and this book was similarly interesting, well written and rewarding I m a huge fan of Castles myself, so it was wonderful to read about their various purposes and evolution It s easy to see them today, scattered across the UK, but until one reads a book like this it s hard to have the right framework to begin to understand their roles and eventual decay into the romantic artifacts visited by so many of us tourists and amateur historians Take Kenilworth Castle, for example I visited this some 15 years ago while living in England and it was nearly painful to witness how something so beauti What were Castles Were they the same in definition and in reality Morris takes the pragmatic view that a castle was something known as a castle Why did someone want a castle He shows that it wasn t always defensive but a matter of status as well.
Beginning With Their Introduction In The Eleventh Century, And Ending With Their Widespread Abandonment In The Seventeenth, Marc Morris Explores Many Of The Country S Most Famous Castles, As Well As Some Spectacular Lesser Known ExamplesAt Times This Is An Epic Tale, Driven By Characters Like William The Conqueror, King John And Edward I, Full Of Sieges And Conquest On An Awesome Scale But It Is Also By Turns An Intimate Story Of Less Eminent Individuals, Whose Adventures, Struggles And Ambitions Were Reflected In The Fortified Residences They Constructed Be It Ever So Grand Or Ever So Humble, A Castle Was First And Foremost A HomeTo Understand Castles Who Built Them, Who Lived In Them, And Why Is To Understand The Forces That Shaped Medieval Britain If you re fascinated by castles, then I definitely recommend this book It s not just a dry recounting of what castle was built when, but an examination of why Castles were built and what they were used for, and what they say about the people who built them There are some gorgeous photos and ideas for places to visit, but it s not intended as an exhaustive guide it focuses on a couple of example castles, rather than talking about every single significant or interesting castle in Britain.
Even better, Morris keeps the tone light, knowing just when to comment wryly or appreciatively about the people and ideas he s writing about It s not just an interesting read in terms of the information given, but an entertaining one too.
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Review title A man s castle is his homeCastles today are usually desolate ruins of hulking stone towers and walls covered with ivy and moss, exposed to the elements due to their lack of roofs, doors, and intact windows They seem like romantic ruins of an ancient lost civilization But when built, they served valuable purposes for proud owners, and Morris has written this brief history of English Castles to tell their story While we associate Castles with stone walls, Morris writes that the first generation of British Castles starting around the 10th century were of the motte and bailey type raised earthen platforms topped by wooden walls and buildings Naturally, very few have survived as than low, flat topped rises It was with the 13th century that the stone towers we recognize today as Castles began to rise Two of the mo For a long time I have been deeply interested in Castles and had the dream of having one of my own This book does a good job at pointing out why this is the case for me and no doubt for many other people as well in reminding the reader that a castle is both a fortress and a home, both a defended place as well as one that was where someone lived with their household That combination of fortress and home is not something that can be forgotten, because it was present from the very beginnings of the castle Likewise, it is important to note that just as the defensible nature of Castles allow for the possibility of defense against others, but it also allows one a safe base from which to project force onto others Small wonder then that when the English first saw Castles in the 11th century that they recognized the los The foreigners, wrote the monk, committed all kinds of insults and oppressions on the men in that region But that wasn t the worst of it What really surprised the monk was the thing that these foreigners had built It was a great mound of earth, topped with a large wooden tower, surrounded by an enclosure of wooden palisades It was so new and different that the monk didn t even have a world of is own to describe it In the end he had to settle for the word that the foreigners themselves had used, and called it a castle.
My wife and I have been members of English Heritage and now Cadw for years and the reasons are Conwy, Gwynedd and Edward I We went there first and, starting near Chester, visited Edward I s chain of Castles along the coast with our Visitor Pass And we fell in love Well, I d already been in love with Conwy, my In his marvelously entertaining and educational CASTLES, medieval historian Marc Morris The Norman Conquest charts the evolution of the castle over a period of 600 years beginning with King Edward the Confessor in 1051 and fading out in the 17th century after the English Civil War Morris reveals the changing role of Castles and some of the dramatic events that have happened within their walls With an expert s eye for detail and a storyteller s charm for making history personal, Morris explains how these amazing structures were built, rebuilt, extended and adapted to function not only as defensive fortresses but also as luxurious homes.
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Castles have captivated the eyes, minds, and hearts of the young and old both in the time of their architectural rise and modern day not only for their visual appeal but what they stand for The questions arise of why Castles were built, by whom, and what push and pull role did they play with British history Marc Morris explores these and other curiosities in, Castles Their History and Evolution in Medieval Britain Marc Morris s stylistic approach to Castles is to present the topic on a chronological scale of the creation of Castles throughout history and the events relating to them but also with a sort of topical feel Castles is instantly entertaining, gripping, and easy to read Morris has an amazing aptitude to make history fun and teach an educational lesson while allowing his personal excitement to bleed through the page This is an introduction to the history of Castles in Britain The book starts out with the Norman Conquest and how William The Conqueror brought castle building to England The hey day of castle building in Britain was from 1066 to the 15th Century and Morris spends time explaining the origins of several Castles throughout the country I am a British history buff and particularly enjoy reading about the Medieval Era, so this was right up my alley I have visited several of the Castles that he included in the book, and it was nice to get a in depth history of these landmarks.