MEDIEVAL PALACES - AN ARCHAEOLOGY - Henry VIII's great palace at Hampton Court is but the most famous of many medieval palaces. Surprisingly, however there have been few general books that have looked at the extensive archaeological evidence of such palaces - whether they were built for the monarchy or the episcopate.
Having first defined a palace (as opposed to a castle or manor), Graham Keevil looks at the full range of evidence - surviving buildings, archaeology, historical sources, artistic and cartographic depictions - and stresses the advantages of a combined approach. He reveals what modern archaeological techniques can offer and synthesises the results of national surveys (without neglecting continental parallels). He also explains the archaeological evidence for how palaces were built. He then looks in detail at the different functions of the palace: family and court, religion, defence, recreation.
Condition: Good - Author: Graham D. Keevill - Publisher: Tempus