Reissue of a book first published by Batsford in 1992 and long out of print, this is the standard work on the subject. With a new Foreword by Robert Higham, and with improved quality of reproduction of some of the illustrations. Some of the greatest medieval castles survive only as earthworks and in pictures and written accounts because they were made of timber. Robert Higham and Philip Barker, have brought together evidence of all kinds to produce the first comprehensive survey of this neglected and little-known type of fortification. From the authors' 1992 Preface: "The purpose of this book is to restore timber castles to their rightful place in the history of fortification; to show that they were not temporary versions of stone castles, but were formidable strongholds which dominated their surrounding landscapes, sometimes for centuries."
Robert Higham was formerly Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Exeter. The late Philip Barker was formerly Reader in British Archaeology, University of Birmingham.
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Philip Barker was formerly Reader in British Archaeology, University of Birmingham. He has directed a number of excavations and published several books. Robert Higham is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Exeter. His research interests cover two broad topics relating to the medieval period: the general theme of defence, in both its military and social aspects, and the medieval archaeology of South West England. He has directed a number of excavations and published several books. He has particular interests in the interplay between archaeological and historical data in the medieval period. Specific areas of research include urban defence, the archaeology, social and settlement history of castles and castle-building society, and the settlement history of Greater Exmoor.Review:
This unusual, pioneering, badly needed book explores a topic many people have often wondered about but never tackled... Barker and Higham's lucid, exceptionally well illustrated text resurrects a lost, but significant, part of medieval life. Architects, historians, archaeologists and students will draw upon their conclusions for decades. This is a truly important work, really an astonishing achievement, and it should be widely purchased. * CHOICE * This important new book also includes an excellent resume of evidence relating to timber castle building from both documentary and pictorial sources. * (Archaeological Journal, vol. 150 * Scholarly and comprehensive. * History Today, vol. 44 * The first comprehensive survey of this neglected and little-known type of fortification... it will certainly become the recognised authority on the subject of timbered castles. * British Digest Illustrated, Winter 1993 * This seminal book is an important milestone in castle studies which brings to its proper prominence the timber construction in these feudal fortresses...a book that every serious student of castles should have. * Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies * Written with verve and skill. * The Antiquaries Journal, vol. 72 * In this major work, destined to become a `classic', and the foundation on which all future research in Britain and to no small extent Europe will be based, we get as close as is currently possible to understanding the form and function of timber castles. * Shropshire History and Archaeology, vol. 68 * This is an excellent book; it should be on the bookshelves of all those interested in castles, and will be invaluable to those students studying medieval archaeology. * Minerva, vol. 4, March/April * This is an epoch-making study, as important in changing our preconceived ideas as Armitage's work of 80 years earlier. It does two things. In the first place, it relates timber-built castles to the historical tradition of building in wood...Secondly, this book emphasizes the fact that fortifications in wood not only continued to complement those of stone, but also that, in some places outside the British Isles, such as North America, long outlasted them. ... The authors present a very full statement of the archaeological evidence. ... This book is strong and persuasive in its analysis of the archaeological evidence, which it draws from all of western as well as from parts of central and southern Europe. ... This is a wide-ranging book, with implications far broader than its title would suggest. ... The book is a remarkable achievement, not only for the breadth of its coverage but also for the insights which it offers into matters other than the actual use of timber in early castles. It is to be recommended as much to the social historians as to archaeologists. * Antiquity, vol. 67 * If you haven't got this book already, it has to be a must for anyone with any interest in its immensely intriguing subject. * Postern, no16, Spring 2006 *
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