Item description for The Medieval Castle (Classic History) by Phillip Warner...
The influence of the castle, both on the course of history and on the lives of the people who lived in them, has never been fully explored-until now. This fascinating book examines the evolution of the medieval castle, from the rigid social structure of its society to the types of weapons, training, and tactics employed during wartime. Above all, The Medieval Castle is a book about the daily life-from clothes and food to recreation and customs-and the people who made their homes inside a military fortress.
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.7" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2001
Publisher Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN 0141390700 ISBN13 9780141390703
Availability 0 units.
More About Phillip Warner
Philip Warner left Cambridge in 1939 and joined the Army at the outbreak of war. He served until 1945, mainly in the Far East. Subsequently, he became Assistant-Principal in H.M. Treasury, lectured for the British Council in Spain, and is now a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is well known as a military historian and among his published works are ‘ Sieges of the Medieval Ages’ , ‘ The Medieval Castle’ and ‘ The S.A.S. 1941-71’ . He is also author of all the titles in Osprey’ s ‘ British Battlefields’ series.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Medieval Castle (Classic History)?
Exelent buy Mar 8, 2007
This is a great book. Easy to read. Covering most aspects of castle life. I would highly recomend it, and may purchase it again (it will make an exelent gift for friends that are intrested in either history or castles).
excellent worse on the castle and its purpose Oct 16, 2002
Philip Warner was lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England and is the author of a numerous of books. In this work, he gives you the need for the Castle, why it came into being, how it developed. He show the strict structure of the Castle society - inside and out, the lives of the people running it and those serving in it, even down to what they are and worse. He even cover medieval recreation!!
He breathes live into the subject, giving a fresh new look instead of tired impressions.
Excellent work for people wish to see Castle life as it was or for Writers of Historical works.
Superior Oct 1, 2000
This beautifully illustrated book explains how and why castles were built in the middle ages and why they were such a dominant influence on medieval life, especially in times of war. Philip Warner recreates a complete picture of daily life in a medieval castle: how peasants and nobles lived; how men fought in tournaments and trained for combat; how castles were sited, designed, managed, attacked and defended; and what the the people who lived in them ate, drank, and wore. This book will also go a long ways toward breaking up some of the preconceived notions that people have about castles. One learns that the castle was not primarily a refuge. The object of the castle wasn't to retreat from conflict, but to control it. The Medieval castle was a dynamic integral part of medieval society and Philip Warner does brilliant work in showing this. Whether you're a medieval history buff or just a curious layman read this book. It will take a little effort to find it, but it's worth the time.
extremely informative and well-layed out May 21, 2000
If you only read two books on castles, make it Gies' Life in a Medieval Castle and this one. The two books are very similar in layout and readablity, but Warner's is a bit more detailed and in depth. It also has very nice illustrations. As much as I love Francis Gies' book, I think this one just edges it out.