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Britain has a unique castle heritage, and Castles of Britain and Ireland is an exploration of 50 fascinating and awe-inspiring castles. With stunning photography by Stephen Whitehorne, the book's engaging commentary guides the reader around the interior and exterior of each castle: architecture, furnishings, artefacts and gardens. The text is peppered with interesting snippets of historical information, including details of past residents and military action. Included are staples such as Caerphilly, Warwick and Dover, and also Pembroke, Bamburgh and Rochester among many others. Essential travel information on prices and transport links is provided for each castle, making this a practical 'glove-box' title as well as an object of beauty. The book is a true celebration and a real treat for anyone who is fascinated by castles.
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Medieval castles were not just showcases for the royal and powerful, they were also the centerpieces of many people’s daily lives. A travel guide as well as a historical text, this volume looks at castles not just as ruined buildings, but as part of the cultural and scenic landscape. The 88 photographs illustrate the different architectural concepts and castle features discussed in the text. The book includes glossaries of terminology, an appendix listing all the castles mentioned and their locations, notes, bibliography and index.

Hull's book introduces readers to the vagaries of castle ruins in the British landscape and includes how to locate them, how to interpret the masonry, earthworks and other elements that survive and identify their place among the different parts of a castle. Travelers will find the book an excellent aid to understanding the sites they visit. A unique feature is the examination of the castle ruin in relationship to the manorial landscape.
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McFarland Publishing


From the great keep of Carlisle Castle in Northern England to the decorative chapel of Carrickfergus Castle in County Antrim, Britain and Ireland’s castles are among the world’s most spectacular. In The Great Castles of Britain and Ireland, Lise Hull leads a magnificently illustrated and informative tour of 50 castles throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. More than 200 color photographs accompany her detailed descriptions of each castle’s construction, eventful history, and striking features.

Besides such familiar examples as Windsor Castle and the Tower of London, Hull tours Alnwick Castle, fortified by Henry, 1st Earl of Northumberland, in the early 1400s. Marked by twin octagonal towers, it’s England’s second-largest inhabited castle and portrays Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter movies. Here also is Edinburgh Castle, built by James IV in the 16th century and home of Scotland’s National War Memorial; Limerick Castle, with its five-sided, five-towered fortress; and many more.
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Within 50 years of their arrival, the Norman invaders had built a line of earth and timber castles on the southern side of the Preseli hills that was to become the ‘Landsker line’, with a second clutch of castles to the north of the Preselis. In time, stone castles were integrated into the line of defences.

This guide covers all the castles, from mighty Pembroke and enriched Carew to the lowliest motte or ringwork, together with bishops palaces. A series of chapters detail the county’s military history from 905 to the Civil War, after which each site is given its own entry detailing its construction and history, together with a note about specific location and access arrangements.
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The widespread construction of castles in Britain began as soon as Duke William of Normandy set foot on the shores of southern England in 1066. The castles that were constructed in the ensuing centuries, and whose ruins still scatter the British countryside today, provide us with an enduring record of the needs and ambitions of the times. But the essence of the medieval castle-a structure that is equal parts military, residential, and symbolic--reveals itself not only through the grandeur of such architectural masterpieces as the Tower of London, and the imposing nature of such royal residences as Windsor, but also in the aging masonry carvings, enduring battlements, and more modest earthen ramparts that have survived alongside them. Through a feature-by-feature account of the architectural elements and techniques used in constructing the medieval castle, author Lise Hull allows the multiple functions of these multifarious forms to shine through, and in so doing, lends a new vitality to the thousand faces that the medieval world assumed to discourage its enemies, inspire its friends, and control its subjects.

This compelling investigation takes a unique look at each of the medieval castle's main roles: as an offensive presentation and defensive fortification, as a residential and administrative building, and as a symbolic structure demonstrating the status of its owner. Each chapter focuses on one specific role and uses concrete architectural features to demonstrate that aspect of the medieval castle in Britain. A wealth of illustrations is also provided, as is a glossary explaining the distinct parts of the castle and their functions. This book should be of interest to students researching architecture, the Middle Ages, or military history, as well as general readers interested in castles or considering a trip to Britain to observe some of these magnificent sites themselves.
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Greenwood Publishing Group


With the penetration of the Normans into the fertile plains of Glamorgan, castle building began in earnest. Some of the early motte and bailey structures were gradually replaced in stone, others seemed to have progressed no further and perhaps were either always seen as temporary structures, or once destroyed by the Welsh were never rebuilt. In the uplands of the county some of the castles were built by the Welsh in reaction to the Norman arrival.

Introductory chapters set the historical scene for the construction and subsequent development of the castles. The grandest surviving example is that at Caerphilly, the great fortress of the de Clares in south Wales with extensive water-filled defences in addition to massive stone walls, and even a mill to help keep any garrison well fed. Cardiff Castle is now probably best known for the palatial house it became under the Marqueses of Bute, but the medieval castle remains in the grounds. Gower has a plethora of stone castle remains, amongst then Loughor, Oystermouth, Oxwich, Penrice, Pennard, and Weobley, along with more fragmentary remains of that at Swansea. Elsewhere there is the very scenic hill-top site of Morlais above Merthyr Tydfil, extensive remains at Coity, Newcastle Bridgend and Ogmore; a cluster of stone and earthwork remains to the east of Cowbridge; the remains of Kenfig half-buried in sand dunes and Candleston near the edge of enormous dunes; and a bevy of much less known (and known-about) earthwork remains scattered across the county, from the suburbs of Cardiff to the coastline of Gower.

For all of these and more, Lise Hull sets out what there is to see (and arrangements for access) and provides a history of the site.
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We all want to discover secrets of our past and learn more about our ‘roots’— where our family came from and what they did. At first glance, it seems simple enough to document names, dates and relationships but the task can soon become complex and many people just give up.

Geared for both beginner genealogists and experienced family historians, this book guides the reader through all the processes, from the basics of identifying members of their family trees to the complexities of using historic records at home and abroad. Each section of the book identifies commonly encountered problems during the phase of the process, while the unique ‘Problem Solver’ boxes provide practical, understandable solutions to specific difficulties.

The book is divided into four parts: Part One tells you how to get started on your search with information on everything from defining your goals to filing the information. Part Two guides the reader through all the different places that the information is held. Part Three shows how to read vital documents and Part Four tells you about doing a global search. Scattered through each chapter are tips, checklists and Dos and Don'ts.

** Published in the United Kingdom as Tracing Your Family Roots: The Complete Problem Solver.
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World famous for the kilt and haggis, Scotland has a rich and colorful past. Over the centuries, Scots have fought bravely for the cause of independence, and now enjoy a good deal of autonomy. An innovative people, Scots have invented the steam engine, the telephone, and the television. From the eerie drone of the bagpipe to the exhilarating Highland Fling, from the bandit Rob Roy to the romantic figure of Bonnie Prince Charlie, this volume introduces a proud nation passionately devoted to its homeland.
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