Mediterranean Castle for Sale

Mediterranean Castle for Sale

This 14th century castle can be found along the coast of Calabria in Italy.

Outrage in Matrera Over Botched Castle Restoration

Before and after pictures of Castle Matrera. (Photo by The Guardian)

A botched restoration attempt in Spain has garnered international attention and condemnation from locals, historians and conservationists.

Zorita Castle: A Glimpse of Medieval life in a Spanish stronghold

Zoirta Castle - photo by doid from Madrid, España  / Wikimedia Commons

Amidst the olive tree-lined plains of central Spain is a remote Medieval castle overlooked by archaeologists until the arrival of husband-and-wife team Dionisio Urbina and Catalina Urquijo. What secrets are emerging from this bastion of history?

Castle for Sale: Château de la Chezotte

Château de la Chezotte - photo by  Aubussonais / Wikicommons

This 15th century castle rises 17 metres (56 feet) into the sky and comes with three floors, two round towers and a partial moat.

Book Review: Hidden Britain by Alvin Nicholas

Books: Hidden Britain by Alvin Nicholas

Tourism with a twist? Tired of the same old tours and droning guides? Alvin Nicholas’s book on manors, mansions, castles, nooks and crannies, reveals there’s more to Britain than meets the eye.

12th century castle discovered in England

Photo by Mark Price / Cotswold Archaeology / Twitter

Archaeologists working in Gloucester have discovered the remains of a 12th-century castle. The find was made on the site of a former prison.

Medieval Castle for Sale in France: Chateau d’Avezan

Château_d'Avezan - photo by MOSSOT / Wikimedia Commons

This 13th century castle in southern France is on sale for 950 000 €

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Hidden Complexities of the Frankish Castle

Ruins of Montfort Castle - Photo by Ariel Gera / Wikimedia Commons

This thesis is devoted to crusader castles and has a geographical focus on the Near Eastern regions.

Medieval Lisbon: Castelo de São Jorge

Walking along the castle walls, you can see the red and green flag of Portugal whipping in the wind alongside the black and white flag of the city. Photo by Medievalists.net.

Above Lisbon’s skyline of colourful tiled houses and red roofs lies Castelo de São Jorge, a dominating, but beautiful, 11th century fortress in the heart of this vibrant city…

Halls, ‘hall-houses’ and tower-houses in medieval Ireland: disentangling the needlessly entangled

Moylough castle - Photo by 	liam murphy / Geography.org.uk

This short paper addresses what I regard as two critical issues in Irish castellological research: the definition of the ‘hall-house’, and the relationship of buildings so identified with the tower-houses of the later middle ages.

Medieval Fort Building 101

16th century stonemason at work

What does it take to build a fortification in the 10th century?

Shell-keeps re-visited: the bailey on the motte?

Bedford Castle, from Matthew Paris' Chronica Majora

This essay revisits the historiography, history and archaeology of shell-keeps, offering a critique both of past applications of the term and of the sites themselves.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle - photo by Ben Salter / Flickr

The bleached bones of a blasted cliff-top castle, scourged by leaping sea and howling wind, Tintagel made as much from tempered dreams as carved stone still has the power to inspire.

Szczecin: Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes

View of the castle taken from the top of St. Jakub’s Basilica. (Photo by Medievalists.net)

My visit to Berlin included a quick stop across the border to Poland, to visit Szczecin and the Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle from the outer court, painted by Canaletto in 1752

Raised amidst the settling dust of the Norman Conquest, the traditional seat of the Earldom of Warwick has continually throughout its millennia long and oft glorious history fundamentally reinvented itself, making it the Madonna of medieval military architecture.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Windsor Castle

Drawing of Windsor Castle from 1910

At one time the greatest palace complex in Europe and a favoured haunt of the British Royal family to this day, Windsor Castle is a still living relic of a time where out of necessity, the sum of a nation’s sovereignty and a State’s very existence as a politically distinct identity rested upon a crowned head.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Edinburgh Castle

An engraving published in Maitland's History of Edinburgh, 1753.

Few indeed are those architectural legacies still remaining to us that can boast the iconic status of Edinburgh Castle, its distinctive silhouette known throughout the world, accompanied by the gently wafting of bagpipes. Far rarer still are those structures with a comparably singular influence upon the shaping of a nation.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle

Few ambitions were ever so grand or manifestos so proudly proclaimed as those writ into the walls of Dunstanburgh Castle. The power of such fortifications wasn’t just limited to their considerable heft but was rooted in their role as the stronghold and home of the great men and women of the age

Motte and Bailey Castle for Sale in Wales

Castell Gronw

Own your own piece of Welsh history with your own Motte and Bailey Castle site in your garden with views over Lake Bala which comes with a superb farmhouse.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle - Photo by giorgio raffaelli / Flickr

Windswept and interesting, the spectacle of the venerable old man of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle, cannot help but stoke the imagination.

Why did they stop building tower house castles in Ireland?

Mahee Castle - Mahee Castle, Ringneill Road, Mahee Island, County Down, Northern Ireland, Photo by Ardfern / Wikicommons

One of the most visible reminders of Ireland’s medieval history are the tower house castles that are scattered throughout the country. For centuries they were the homes and fortresses for the native Irish elites as well as the English and Scottish settlers. However, by the early seventeenth-century it seems that they were now being abandoned and left the fall into ruin. What happened?

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Dover Castle

Dover Castle = Photo by Smudge 9000 / Flickr

Resolute and vigilant, Dover Castle yet stands guard above its ancient charge, the port of Dover. Of all the facets and functions that the castle performed in medieval society, Dover personifies its most commonly remembered and perhaps fundamental aspect, as a stronghold and place of security.

Ten Castles that Made Medieval Britain: Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle - photo by James Turner

While Caernarvon was the ultimate manifestation of Anglo-Norman occupied Wales wrought into stone and mortar, Pembroke was its beating heart. Today ensconced upon a spur of rock, the Cleddau estuary flowing gently by, Pembroke Castle stands still, its long shadow silent and serene.

Places to See: Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle. Photo by Medievalists.net

I spent a soggy, but fun filled Sunday in Sussex at Arundel Castle during International Joust Week July 21-26th. Even without the jousting, the castle is well worth the visit if you are looking for a quick day trip outside of London. History of Arundel Castle The castle’s history dates back to the Norman period. […]

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