Exploring English Castles is available on Amazon
I was doing some research for my interactive castles of the world map when I stumbled across this book.
I sent the author an email and asked him if I could get a copy for review. And he sent me one. My thanks go to him for that.
And I was so happy that he did because this is a terrific book. I Love it. It is broken down into two sections and in doing so it covers two very important aspects of castles.
In the first section it covers the basics of castles including their history, how they were built, how they changed, developed, fell into disrepair, and came back into prominence over the centuries. This is all good stuff if you want to learn about castles.
And in the second section we get a specific look at nine different castles. And we also get stories about them. And this is where the romantic and magical aspect of them comes through. The author has chosen these castles because they represent the whole of castles in England and they each have remarkable stories to tell.
And these stories cover all of those wonderful things that we have come to think about when we think about castles including King Arthur, Romance, betrayal, murder, intrigue, sieges and much much more. This is some wonderful stuff.
Yes, castles are big stone structures and architectural marnd vels. They are quite wonderful in that aspect. But they are also the endeavor of humans, and being so means they have lots of stories to tell.
And this book captures it all very well. If you are a fan of castles and all that they represent from the architectural to the romantic and mysterious then this is a book well worth getting. I recommend it highly! It is loaded with fascinating castle facts and castle stories. Five stars.