Seeing and Believing: Looking out on Medieval Castle Landscapes
By Oliver Creighton
Concilium medii aevi, Vol.14 (2011)
Introduction: Medieval castles were of course embedded within the landscape at multiple levels, while their owners and builders were active agents in its transformation in different ways. Castles were administrative hubs within a tenurial landscape of estates; they were centres of high-quality living that drew on the economic resources of their hinterlands; and they were part and parcel of a settlement landscape of farms, hamlets, villages and towns. The portion that castles could also be set within ‘designed’ setting intended for leisure, pleasure and visual display is also gaining favour in Britain’ landscape archaeology in particular is revealing how frequently the settings of castles were manipulated to convey the imagery of lordship.