Castles and the Anglo-Norman World [Hardback]

John A. Davies (Editor); Angela Riley (Editor); Jean-Marie Levesque (Editor); Charlotte Lapiche (Editor)

ISBN: 9781785700224 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 336p, H280 x W216 (mm)

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Castles and the Anglo-Norman World


Castles and the Anglo-Norman World draws together a series of 20 papers by 26 French and English specialists in the field of Anglo-Norman studies. It includes summaries of current knowledge and new research into important Norman castles in England and Normandy, drawing on information from recent excavations. Sections consider the evolution of Anglo-Norman castles, the architecture and archaeology of Norman monuments, Romanesque architecture and artefacts, the Bayeux Tapestry and the presentation of historic sites to the public. These studies are presented together with a consideration of the 12th century cross-Channel Norman Empire, which provides a broader context.

This work is the result of a conference held at Norwich Castle in 2012, which was part of a collaboration between professionals in the fields of archaeology, architecture, museums and heritage, under the banner of the Norman Connections Project.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


George Nobbs

Introducing Norman Connections
John A. Davies, Angela Riley, Jean-Marie Levesque and Charlotte Lapiche

Foreword: Living in the Twelfth-Century Cross-Channel Empire
David Bates

The Norman Connections Castles
Norwich Castle
Elizabeth Popescu

‘…traces of the original disposition of the whole’. Excavated Evidence for the Construction of Norwich Castle Keep
Brian Ayers

The Shifting Structure of Norwich Castle Keep, 1066 to c.1230
T. A. Heslop

Colchester Castle: ‘Some tyme stronge and statelye, as the ruynes do shewe’
Peter Berridge

Rochester Castle
Marc Morris

Le château de Falaise : bilan de 150 ans de restaurations dans plus de 1000 ans d’histoire
Charlotte Lapiche et Benoît Panozzo

Le château de Caen
Jean-Marie Levesque et Pascal Leroux

The Great Hall of the Dukes of Normandy in the Castle at Caen
Edward Impey and John McNeill

The Castles in Context
Châteaux et residences princières dans la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Pierre Bouet

Visible from Afar? The Setting of the Anglo-Norman Donjon
Jon Gregory and Robert Liddiard

Some Thoughts on the Use of the Anglo-Norman Donjon
Pamela Marshall

Recent Archaeological Research
Recent Research on the White Tower: Reconstructing and Dating the Norman Building
Roland Harris

Castle Heritage (Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries) in Lower Normandy and the Current State of Archaeological Research
François Fichet de Clairfontaine

Recent Excavations at Caen Castle (2005 to 2014): Medieval Forges and Renaissance Stable
Bénédicte Guillot

Presenting the Sites
Le château de Falaise (Calvados) : état des connaissances sur l’évolution du site castral du dixième siècle au treizième siècle
François Fichet de Clairfontaine, Joseph Mastrolorenzo et Richard Brown

The Question of Site Enhancement in Rural Contexts: Examples of Projects Managed by the Calvados Departmental Council (Conseil Général du Calvados), Lower Normandy
Nicola Coulthard

Sculpture and Objects
The Evolution of Capitals in Early Post-Conquest Architecture as Evidence for the Completion Date of the White Tower
John Crook

Anglo-Norman Elite Objects from Castle and Countryside
Steven Ashley


Reviews & Quotes

"This is a great book. The editors, contributors, and the publisher, should take a bow."
Tadhg O'Keeffe
Archaeological Journal (19/06/2019)

"In sum, I find myself pleasantly intrigued and intellectually stimulated by several of the well-presented and vividly illustrated arguments gathered in this book…"
Benjamin Pohl
The Medieval Review (28/02/2017)

"Nicely produced, with effective use of colour, and with abstracts in English for French papers and vice versa, this is an accessible as well as agenda-setting volume… makes big strides in the right direction and is to be warmly welcomed."
Oliver Creighton
Medieval Archaeology (02/02/2017)

"Many of the essays are site specific, but throughout there are thoughtful insights: on Norman monuments, Romanesque architecture and artefacts, the Bayeux tapestry and the presentation of sites to the public."
British Archaeology Magazine
British Archaeology Magazine

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