By Marc Morris
"Castle" is a wide-ranging heritage of a few of the main superb structures in Britain. It explores some of the country's most renowned and best-loved castles, in addition to a few little-known nationwide treasures. the tale starts off within the eleventh century, while castles have been brought to Britain, and leads to the seventeenth century, once they have been mostly deserted. it's, in a few respects, an epic story, pushed by means of characters like William the Conqueror, "Bad" King John and Edward I, who, through development and besieging castles, formed the destiny of the country. while, even though, it's a extra homely tale, in regards to the adventures, struggles and goals of lesser-known contributors, and the way each element in their lives used to be wrapped up within the castles they equipped. 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 fort is in the beginning a house. it will possibly glance difficult and defensible at the outdoors, yet at the within, a fortress is all approximately luxurious and creature comforts. within genuine castles, we do no inevitably locate cannons and fits of armour, yet we do notice nice halls, large kitchens, inner most chambers and chapels - all rooms which have been as soon as sumptuous and indulgent, and which made those constructions excellent flats for his or her vendors. to appreciate castles - who outfitted them, who lived in them, and why - is to appreciate the forces that formed medieval Britain.