By Joseph Gies, Frances Gies

"Some specific books i discovered invaluable for A online game of Thrones and its sequels deserve mention... Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City, either by means of Joseph and Frances Gies." —George R.R. Martin, writer of the sequence A music of Ice and Fire

Medieval heritage comes alive in Joseph and Frances Gies's Life in a Medieval Castle, used as a study source through George R. R. Martin in developing the realm of A online game of Thrones.

Newly reissued for the 1st time in many years, Life in a Medieval Castle is the bestselling vintage that has brought numerous readers to the wonders of the center a while. targeting a fortress known as Chepstow at the border among England and Wales, acclaimed Medievalists Joseph and Frances Gies supply a fantastic portrait of what day by day existence used to be truly like in the course of the period, and of the main position the citadel performed. The Gieses write eloquently concerning the many folks whose lives revolved round the fort, from the lord and girl to the commoners of the encompassing village. we find what lords and serfs alike might have worn, eaten, and performed for rest; the songs sung; and the codes of sexual behavior that maintained order. We study of the basic position of honor in medieval tradition, the initiation strategy undertaken via knights, and the way castles tried to maintain the consistent threats of outdoor violence at bay.

Exhaustively researched and as enticing as any novel, Life in a Medieval Castle is the definitive textual content for an individual wishing to benefit extra approximately this interesting era.

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Bavaria. Early 13th century; 3 baileys, the interior and center in a line, the outer bailey in entrance of either, with a emerging process; the enemy needed to cross the size of the outer bailey below assault from the internal and heart ones, then up a flight of steps and during a barbican and 3 different gateways sooner than the interior bailey was once reached; a trapezoidal retain on the optimum element is surrounded heavily by means of the wall of the internal bailey. Falkenberg. Bavaria. outfitted approximately 1290 on an enormous typical pile of boulders overlooking the Waldnaab River; the curtain follows the contour of the rocks; the structures of the citadel are among the curtain and a small inner courtyard containing a sq. maintain. Hohensalzburg. Austria. place of abode of the archbishop of Salzburg, inbuilt the 12th century on a rock four hundred ft above the Salzach River; modeled after the Crusader castles, later enlarged and reworked; tremendous curtain partitions, around towers. different ecu CASTLES Pfeffengen and Dornach. Switzerland. shell retains of the 12th and early 13th centuries equipped inside of a couple of miles of one another; in either situations, the shell wall, rather than being outfitted on most sensible of the mound, is equipped opposed to its vertical facets, containing the mound and emerging excessive above it. Chillon. Switzerland. citadel made recognized by way of Byron’s poem; in-built the 13th century at the website of a ninth-century fortress, on a rocky island in a lake, reached by means of a bridge resulting in a gatehouse; the curtain wall follows the contours of the rock, and the constructions of the fortress are developed round the internal courtroom, with a sq. continue on the finish farthest from the bridge. citadel of the Counts of Flanders. Ghent. in-built 1180, at the web site of an eleventh-century castle, by means of Philip of Alsace on his go back from campaign, and modeled at the Crusader castles; on point floor, surrounded by means of a moat and excessive curtain partitions with around towers; an oblong hold has a lesser corridor at the first flooring, the nice corridor above. Carrickfergus. Northern eire. outfitted at the shorelines of Belfast Loch, c. 1180-1205; sq. Norman continue joined to curtain partitions. Trim. eire. outfitted c. 1190-1200, the most important Anglo-Norman citadel in eire; sq. preserve with projecting wings, thirteenth-century curtain partitions with around towers. CRUSADER CASTLES From a strictly army viewpoint, the castles outfitted through the Templars, Hospitallers, and different Crusaders are incomparable. Drawing on eu, Byzantine, and Muslim types and on their lonesome adventure, the Crusaders equipped strongholds of big measurement and ingeniously similar defenses during which small garrisons, provided for up to 5 years, might defy huge armies. Saone (Sahyun). Syria. The best-preserved Crusader fortress, with a part mile of fortification within the form of a coarse isosceles triangle atop a mountain spur, the 2 lengthy aspects fronting on precipitous cliffs, the bottom on a 60-foot-wide, 90-foot-deep moat hewn out of the rock, a “needle” of the rock left to behave as a bridge pier, with a drawspan to the postern; the sq. continue equipped opposed to the curtain wall at the moat aspect.

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