Late Medieval Castles
A companion to Anglo-Norman Castles (2003), this volume follows the same format, bringing together 17 historiographically significant articles on castles and castle-building but focusing on the period c.1250 to 1500. The book is illustrated with over 150 castle plans and photographs.
Cathedrals of Britain: London and the South East
Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral have been at the heart of church and state throughout English history as well as being masterpieces of gothic architecture. This guide also includes London's St Paul's, Southwark and the Catholic Westminster Cathedral as well as Rochester and Chichester.
Castrum to Castle
Classical to Medieval Fortifications in the Lands of the Western Roman Empire
Beginning with the legionary fortresses constructed by the Roman army, this illustrated study traces the evolution of fortified sites in Italy, England, France and Iberia up to the classic castle-building period in the 12th and 13th centuries. The authors show how military thinking was shaped by the strategic importance of fixed fortifications and how the location, layout and design of such defences changed in response to new tactics and weapons.
The 50 Greatest Castles and Palaces of the World
Almost half of the historic palaces selected in this guide are in the British Isles and the book provides succinct overviews of each building's history and notable features as well as visitor information. Entries include the Tower of London, Balmoral and Conwy Castle and international examples range from Versailles to the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Capture the Castle
British Artists and the Castle from Turner to Le Brun
Castles, whether they were ancient forts, medieval centres, or status symbols, played a crucial historical role. This catalogue accompanied a major exhibition of their depiction in British art and includes examples from landscape painters such as JMW Turner, Romantics and the Gothic revival.
The Art, Architecture and Archaeology of the Royal Abbey and Royal Palace (2 Volumes)
The first volume of this well-illustrated collection of essays comprises 15 studies on Westminster Abbey, with topics including the medieval and early Tudor topography of Westminster, the Romanesque monastic buildings, and polychromy at the Abbey, 1250–1350. In Volume II, eleven essays deal with the Palace of Westminster and its wider topography between the late 11th century and the devastating fire of 1834.
An Illustrated History
After briefly surveying ancient constructions such as Maiden Castle and Gwalior Fort in India, Jeremy Black goes on to present a history of fortifications based on their depiction on maps and plans. From Norman castles – Pontefract is shown in a plan from 1561 – the book shows how buildings as bases for attack or defence changed as ever more powerful armaments were developed, up to the trenches and defences such as the Maginot and Siegfried Lines in the 20th century.
The Maginot Line
History and Guide
Built between the world wars to defend France from German attack, the Maginot Line was a state-of-the art fortification running from Belgium to the Mediterranean. Illustrated with photographs, maps and plans, this book explains its construction, technology, and the reasons for its failure to halt the Wehrmacht in 1940. It also provides a visitor’s guide to the surviving artillery posts, forts, bunkers and stretches of wall.
The Castle at War in Medieval England and Wales
After examining the origins of castle building in northern France, Dan Spencer’s military history focuses on the role of castles in warfare in England and Wales, from their introduction by the Normans in the 11th century to the death of Henry VIII in 1547. The book covers all the major conflicts, including the conquest of Wales, war with Scotland, 1295–1337, the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses, ending with the early Tudors’ fortifications against invasion.