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Castle Builders: Approaches to Castle Design and Construction in the Middle Ages

by Malcolm Hislop

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Published 1st March 2021, 272 pages
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In Castle Builders, Malcolm Hislop looks at the hugely popular subject of castles from the unusual perspective of design and construction. In this general introduction to the subject, we discover something of the personalities behind their creation - the architects and craftsmen - and, furthermore, the techniques they employed, and how style and technology was disseminated. Castle Builders takes both a thematic and a chronological approach to the design and construction of castles, providing the reader with clear lines of development. Themes include earth, timber and stone construction techniques, the evolution of the great tower, the development of military engineering, the progression of domestic accommodation, and the degree to which aesthetics contributed to castle design. AUTHOR: Malcolm Hislop is a buildings archaeologist and author with a special interest in medieval buildings. His doctoral thesis was based around the career of the Durham master mason, John Lewyn, one of the most prolific castle builders of the fourteenth century, and he has continued to maintain a keen interest in the process of medieval building design and construction. He is the author of John Lewyn of Durham, How to Build a Cathedral and How to Read Castles. Born in Yorkshire, he now lives in north-east Wales. 150 colour illustrations


Castle Builders: Approaches to Castle Design and Construction in the Middle Ages
by Malcolm Hislop


Pen & Sword Books Ltd


Publication date
March 1, 2021

Page count
272 pages