Castles in Medieval Society - Coulson, Charles
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In this challenging new book Charles Coulson overturns many of the traditional assumptions about the nature and purpose of castle-building in the middle ages. He demolishes the traditional belief that castles were overwhelmingly military in their function, showing how this was simply one aspect of a more complicated whole. He sets out to recreate the medieval understanding of castles as symbolically fortified places of all kinds, from ancient walled post-Roman towns and prestigious religious enclaves to transitory campaign forts. Going back to the original sources, Dr Coulson proposes a new…mehr

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In this challenging new book Charles Coulson overturns many of the traditional assumptions about the nature and purpose of castle-building in the middle ages. He demolishes the traditional belief that castles were overwhelmingly military in their function, showing how this was simply one aspect of a more complicated whole. He sets out to recreate the medieval understanding of castles as symbolically fortified places of all kinds, from ancient walled post-Roman towns and prestigious religious enclaves to transitory campaign forts. Going back to the original sources, Dr Coulson proposes a new and more subtle understanding of the function and symbolism of castles as well as vivid insights into the lives of the people who inhabited them. Fortresses were only occasionally caught up in war, but constantly were central to the ordinary life of all classes: of the nobility and gentry, of widows and heiresses, of prelates and clergy, of peasantry and townspeople alike. Castles in Medieval Society presents and explores this broad social panorama.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press
  • Seitenzahl: 456
  • Erscheinungstermin: 1. Juli 2004
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 234mm x 156mm x 24mm
  • Gewicht: 695g
  • ISBN-13: 9780199273638
  • ISBN-10: 0199273634
  • Artikelnr.: 13050080
Autorenporträt
CHARLES COULSON, Honorary Research Fellow, School of History, University of Kent
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Much of what Coulson proposed was ground-breaking for the time, and the effect is to be seen in the work of the current generation of castle scholars ... This is a book not to be missed Gill Dowdall-Brown, Casemate