A guide to the history and architectural innovation of the English medieval castle.
THE ENGLISH CASTLE is a historical guide to the medieval castle. It traces the innovations of men, in different places and times, to provide a variety of functions. It is this dialogue between function and the expression of power, which has shaped the unique development of their architecture. Matarasso explores why certain castles survived, and how their background affects how we view them today. It does not shy away from linking the past with the present. The text is laced with detailed drawings and plans.