A Comparison of Roscommon and Harlech Castles Research Paper by Nicky

A Comparison of Roscommon and Harlech Castles
The paper provides a comparison of two medieval castles in the United Kingdom - Roscommon in Ireland and Harlech in Wales.
# 147034 | 3,237 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 06, 2011 in Architecture (Buildings) , Architecture (European) , History (British) , Architecture (History)

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The paper examine two of the United Kingdom's most significant medieval castles, Roscommon and Harlech, that are to be found in Ireland and Wales respectively. The paper examines the architecture of each of the castles and their uses. It then examines the ways in which each castle's specific architecture contributed to its function. Following this, the paper reviews the meaning such castles had within medieval society.

From the Paper:

"Built during the reign of Edward I, King of England, Roscommon and Harlech castles were both part of that monarch's larger campaign of consolidating control of his dominions. While claimed by the English Crown, Ireland was only partially under English control. Wales was actually conquered by Edward who, during the course of his reign, continued to fight against the resistance of the Welsh Prince of Wales. In simplest terms, Roscommon and Harlech represent the finest in military engineering in their time. Harlech is the type of a concentric castle, a fortress that is defended by a double line of walls and towers, with attackers exposed to a double line of defending fire at virtually every point. Built substantially during the 1280s, Harlech represents the perfection of the concentric system in Edward's domains, the great towers of the inner ward being employed to enfilade the outer works and provide a murderous crossfire concentrated at the point of the single outer gate (King 1988, p. 113). Harlech combined the advantages of the concentric system with the advantages of an easily-defensible site."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barry, T. B., 1988, The Archaeology of Medieval Ireland, London: Routledge.
  • Brown, Allen, 1970, English Castles, Chancellor Press, 59 Grosvenor St., London.
  • Curtis, E., 2002,. A History of Ireland: From Earliest Times to 1922, London: Routledge.
  • Davies, R. R., 1997, The Revolt of Owain Glyn Dwr, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • King, D.J. Cathcart, 1988, The Castle in England and Wales, Mackays of Chatham, Ltd., Kent.

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A Comparison of Roscommon and Harlech Castles (2011, February 06) Retrieved April 18, 2024, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/a-comparison-of-roscommon-and-harlech-castles-147034/

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