The Culture of Castles in Tudor England and Wales [Hardback]

Audrey M. Thorstad(Author)

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ISBN: 9781783273843 | Published by: Boydell Press | Year of Publication: 2019 | 256p, H9.25 x W6.25, 28 black and white
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The Culture of Castles in Tudor England and Wales

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The castle was an imposing architectural landmark in late medieval and early modern England and Wales. Castles were much more than lordly residences: they were accommodation to guests and servants, spaces of interaction between the powerful and the powerless, and part of larger networks of tenants, parks, and other properties. These structures were political, symbolic, residential, and military, and shaped the ways in which people consumed the landscape and interacted with the local communities around them.
This volume offers the first interdisciplinary study of the socio-cultural understanding of the castle in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, a period during which the castle has largely been seen as in decline. Bringing together a wide range of source material - from architectural remains and archaeological finds to household records and political papers - it investigates the personnel of the castle; the use of space for politics and hospitality; the landscape; ideas of privacy; and the creation of a visual legacy. By focusing on such an iconic structure, the book allows us to see some of the ways in which men and women were negotiating the space around them on a daily basis; and just as importantly, it reveals the impact that the local communities had on the spaces of the castle.

AUDREY M. THORSTAD is a Lecturer in Early Modern History in the School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences at Bangor University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Architecture as a Story
Politics and Governance
The Landscape
The Household
Hospitality
Private Spaces
Memory and Commemoration
In Closing: Architecture as Legacy
Bibliography

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