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 advisor in addition to a ancient textual content, this quantity appears to be like at castles not only as ruined structures, yet as a part of the cultural and scenic panorama. The 88 pictures illustrate the various architectural options and chateau good points mentioned within the textual content. The ebook contains glossaries of terminology, an appendix directory the entire castles pointed out and their destinations, notes, bibliography and index.
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Though now often heavily eroded, Caen stonework adorns many castles, most notably at the Tower of London, and was especially treasured for the windows in great halls and chapels, and, at times, in a lord’s private apartments. Now largely stripped of their ﬁner building materials, many castles no longer display their original ashlar stone and their decorative carvings have disappeared. As a result, the 36 UNDERSTANDING THE CASTLE RUINS coarse rubble core now appears on the outside, giving visitors the impression that it also served as the original, medieval exterior.
1. Castle Development 21 them much later. Why some lords erected ringworks and others built motte castles is unclear. Some researchers speculate that the reasoning was as simple as the personal preference of the builder, but there is also some evidence that topographic features also played a role in the decision-making process. In southern Wales, for example, there appears to be a distinct difference in which type of earth and timber castle was built. All of the ringworks were constructed either in the Vale of Glamorgan or near the southern coast of the Gower peninsula, in fertile lowland areas underlain by limestone.
To compensate for the limited space, most motte castles had at least one bailey, which was joined to the motte with a timber bridge that also spanned the ditch. The baileys were the true hubs of activity at most castles and contained a number of timber buildings, including a hall, the kitchen, stables, workshops, the smithy, and accommodation for servants and members of the garrison. They also served as obstacles to successful assaults on the motte. Many motte castles only had one bailey, but others had two, as at Windsor, and some, such as Clun, had even more.
Understanding the Castle Ruins of England and Wales: How to Interpret the History and Meaning of Masonry and Earthworks by Lise Hull