Behind the Castle Gate: From Medieval to Renaissance

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Psychology Press, 2002 - History - 209 pages
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In this engaging book Matthew Johnson looks 'behind the castle gate' to discover the truth about castles in England at the end of the Middle Ages.

Traditional studies have seen castles as compromises between the needs of comfort and of defence, and as statements of wealth or power or both. By encouraging the reader to view castles in relation to their inhabitants, Matthew Johnson uncovers a whole new vantage point. He shows how castles functioned as stage-settings against which people played out roles of lord and servant, husband and wife, father and son. Building, rebuilding and living in a castle was as complex an experience as a piece of medieval art.

Behind the Castle Gatebrings castles and their inhabitants alive. Combining ground-breaking scholarship with fascinating narratives it will be read avidly by all with an interest in castles.

 

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Contents

Introduction casting our eyes upon sconces
1
Watery landscapes
19
The ordering of the late medieval castle
55
Medieval to Renaissance
93
Kenilworth the evidence house
136
Beyond the pale
161
Conclusion rethinking castles
176
Glossary
184
Bibliography
187
Index
204
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About the author (2002)

Matthew Johnson is Professor of Archaeology, University of Southampton, and author of "Behind the Castle Gate" (2002), "Archaeological Theory: An Introduction" (Blackwell, 1999), "An Archaeology of Capitalism" (Blackwell, 1996), and "Housing Culture" (1993).

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