This gazetteer-style book provides a comprehensive and concise guide to the medieval castles of England where remains still exist today.
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Grassy earthworks, pele towers, keeps, and castles, from the Norman Conquest to Tudor times, are listed. A number of town walls and Tudor coastal forts are listed. With more than 500 entries this is a complete reference guide for the castle lover.
The entries are grouped according to the traditional counties, for which a map is given. Ordnance Survey map references are given, but it would be helpful if a detailed map for each county with locations of entries were available. A bibliography, alphabetical index of sites, and excellent detailed glossary are included. An historical introduction gives information on the background to castle building in the middle ages. There is also a brief introduction to the gazetteer.
The author, Adrian Pettifer, is well qualified to write on his subject with a degree in Ancient and Medieval History from the University of Birmingham. He has spent much time visiting British historic monuments, including castles, abbeys, churches and other ancient sites.
Designed for both the traveller and researcher, the book is an invaluable source of information and a library must for all English castle lovers.
344 pages, 1 map, 38 plans, 16 black and white photographs
Published by The Boydell Press
Paperback: £14.99 / $24.95 US