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The Normans erected the first castles in Wales, as symbols and instruments of their advancing power; the Welsh responded with castles of their own (which were also useful when Welshmen warred with each other). Later, in the thirteenth century, Edward I almost bankrupted himself with a crash castle-building program designed to cow the Welsh once and for all. All this animosity left a legacy of fantastic architectural beauty---a legacy later augmented by the fortified manor houses of more settled times and by the castellated mansions built by the Victorians, nostalgic for the age of chivalry.
'The Castles of Wales' is the most practical guide in print to the whole of this heritage. Here, alphabetically arranged, are the principal castles and all the information the traveler needs to decide which to see and how best to plan an itinerary.
The black-and-white illustrations include paintings and drawings as well as photographs, and most show the castles with their surroundings.
Contains genealogies, and three glossaries: one devoted to history, another to architectural terms, and the third to translations of Welsh place-names.
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Book Description Barnes & Noble Books, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. NEW. Seller Inventory # 15OCTTBT1210
Book Description Barnes & Noble Books, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0760710279