The English Castle is a historical guide to the medieval castle, tracing its rise from humble defensive position to magnificent fortified palace. The text is illustrated with over 140 detailed drawings and plans of English castles. A gazetteer lists over 200 of the most interesting castles, many of which are open to the public. Each year these castles draw hundreds of thousands of curious visitors searching for links between past and present. These connections and what they mean form the core of this book.
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