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The Early Norman Castles of the British Isles

The Early Norman Castles of the British Isles


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  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108082877

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  • Ella Sophia Armitage (1841–1931) was one of the first five students of Newnham College, Cambridge, and was involved with women's education throughout her life. This illustrated 1912 work, arising from her abiding interest in medieval history and archaeology, discusses the fortifications of the Anglo-Saxons and Danes before describing Norman castles in Normandy and the earliest of their deliberately dominant buildings in England. The motte castles of Wales, Scotland and Ireland are also reviewed. Armitage argues that the earthworks which are often the only survivals of motte-and-bailey castles had been relatively neglected in the nineteenth century, and attributes a renewal of interest in them to the surveying work of Pitt-Rivers. She identifies a total of 84 eleventh-century Norman castles in England, giving their architectural type, acreage and present condition. As a detailed survey of visible remains, this book is still an important reference source for the Norman settlement in Britain.

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    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108082877
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • contains: 45 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introductory
    2. Anglo-Saxon fortifications
    3. Anglo-Saxon fortifications (cont.)
    4. Danish fortifications
    5. The origin of private castles
    6. Distribution and characteristics of motte-castles
    7. The castles of the Normans in England
    8. Motte-castles in north Wales
    9. Motte-castles in south Wales
    10. Motte-castles in Scotland
    11. Motte-castles in Ireland
    12. Stone castles of the Norman period
    Schedule of English castles from the eleventh century

  • Author

    Ella Sophia Armitage

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