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Behind the castle gate: from Medieval to Renaissance

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Uses New Historicist ideas to explore our understanding of late medieval and Renaissance castles and ‘polite’ architecture. In this engaging book Matthew Johnson looks Behind the Castle Gate to discover the truth about castles in England at the end of the Middle Ages. Traditional studies have seen castles as compromises between the needs of comfort and of defence, and as statements of wealth or power or both.
By encouraging the reader to view castles in relation to their inhabitants, Matthew Johnson uncovers a whole new vantage point. He shows how castles functioned as stage-settings against which people played out roles of lord and servant, husband and wife, father and son. Building, rebuilding and living in a castle was as complex an experience as a piece of medieval art. Behind the Castle Gate brings castles and their inhabitants alive. Combining ground-breaking scholarship with fascinating narratives it will be read avidly by all with an interest in castles.

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Johnson, Matthew H. (2002) Behind the castle gate: from Medieval to Renaissance, London, UK, Routledge, 228pp.

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Published date: 2002

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Local EPrints ID: 28778
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/28778
ISBN: 0415258871
PURE UUID: ff979e53-85e3-4b97-8765-2219c0cb5c6e

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Date deposited: 10 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:00

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