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By Marc Morris

Medieval Britain was once ruled by means of its kings, and its kings ruled the land with their castles.

But what have been these castles? have been they fortresses? Palaces? Or symbols in their vendors energy, and in their correct to rule.

In this stimulating choice of articles and essays, the best-selling historian and broadcaster Marc Morris solutions these basic questions - and plenty of extra.

He explores a few of Britain’s favorite castles, similar to Framlingham, Goodrich and chateau Acre, and the castle-building campaigns of recognized kings like William the Conqueror and Edward I. And he addresses matters comparable to the origins of the cult of St George, the altering position of the medieval English earl and the riddle of the Winchester around desk. articles – one on Edward I’s attractiveness, one other on Lanercost Priory – look the following for the 1st time.

Dr Marc Morris is a best-selling historian and broadcaster. In 2003 he awarded the six-part television sequence fortress and wrote its accompanying ebook. His different books comprise a seriously acclaimed biography of Edward I, an outstanding and poor King, and an immense new historical past of The Norman Conquest

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