By Marc Morris
"Castle" is a wide-ranging background of a few of the main amazing constructions in Britain. It explores the various country's most famed and best-loved castles, in addition to a few little-known nationwide treasures. the tale starts off within the eleventh century, whilst castles have been brought to Britain, and results in the seventeenth century, after they have been mostly deserted. it's, in a few respects, an epic story, pushed via characters like William the Conqueror, "Bad" King John and Edward I, who, by way of development and besieging castles, formed the destiny of the state. even as, in spite of the fact that, it's a extra homely tale, concerning the adventures, struggles and targets of lesser-known contributors, and the way each element in their lives used to be wrapped up within the castles they outfitted. As Marc Morris exhibits, there's extra to castles than drawbridges and battlements, portcullises and arrow-loops. Be it ever so grand or ever so humble, a citadel is firstly a house. it will possibly glance difficult and defensible at the outdoors, yet at the inside of, a citadel is all approximately luxurious and creature comforts. inside of genuine castles, we do no unavoidably locate cannons and matches of armour, yet we do realize nice halls, large kitchens, inner most chambers and chapels - all rooms which have been as soon as sumptuous and extravagant, and which made those constructions excellent flats for his or her vendors. to appreciate castles - who equipped them, who lived in them, and why - is to appreciate the forces that formed medieval Britain.