Medieval Town Walls: An Archaeology and Social History of Urban Defence

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The study of urban town walls has, for too long, been in the shadow of more glamorous and photogenic architectural monuments such as castles, cathedrals and palaces. This book seeks to redress this by bringing town walls to the forefront of discussion. In looking at town walls in England and Wales from the Norman Conquest to the English Civil Wars, the authors explore the development of town walls, their function, social value and significance. Exploiting a wide range of sources, including archaeology, topography, cartography, documentary and pictorial evidence, the book discusses and describes the walls of both large and small towns, including those where much and little is preserved above ground: Canterbury, Chester, Southampton, York, Norwich, Brecon, Coventry, Ludlow and Nottingham. The book includes a gazetteer of survivng remains and lots of references to further reading for those wanting to do more detailed research.

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Oliver Creighton is Associate Professor in Archaeology at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Designs upon the Land: Elite Landscapes of the Middle Ages (2009), Castles and Landscapes (2002 and 2005), (with R.A. Higham) Medieval Town Walls: A Social History and Archaeology of Urban Defence (2005) and Medieval Castles (2003).

Robert Higham was formerly senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Exeter.

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