Strategy, Symbolism and the Down-Right Unusual: The Archaeology of Three Somerset Castles

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Abstract

Paper examines archaeological work on three Somerset castles, namely Cary, Montacute and Downend. As well as focusing upon the more traditional topics of dating, morphology and military functions - in keeping with current research agendas in castellology - the paper examines the varying roles, perceptions, iconographic and symbolic aspects of these castles. The castles of Cary, Montacute and Downend were chosen as the focus for the paper as each one has a particularly interesting story to tell, and secondly each one has, at one time or another, been studied by and played an important role in the work of Prof. Mick Aston.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeople and Places
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honour of Mick Aston
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxbow Books
Pages76-89
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-1-84217-251-3
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Castle
  • Somerset
  • Archaeology
  • Strategy
  • Symbolism

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