Castle Construction and its Impact on Society Research Paper by GerardIPrudhomme

Castle Construction and its Impact on Society
A look at castle construction since the Medieval times and the insights this offers about the workings of society.
# 2304 | 2,305 words | 7 sources | 2001 | US
Published on Oct 19, 2001 in Architecture (Buildings) , Architecture (History) , Sociology (General) , History (General)

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A look at the nature and changes in the construction of castles. The author looks at the background of castle construction, how they were built during the Medieval period and the insights that this provides about Medieval society and the inner workings of it.

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"We look at castles today, impressed by their enormous stature and the massive nature of their physical construction. Even today, with the skyscrapers and other marvels of modern construction, castles still imbue awe in the beholder. Imagining how the construction of such masterpieces could have been accomplished with the technology available to the Medieval person is almost incomprehensible. Castles have held this place in the mind from the Romantic period onward, with a revival of the wonder and majesty that such buildings can evoke. The truth of the matter, however, is that castles began as simple wooden structures and palisades, created to defend certain areas from attack by invaders. These simple wooden fortifications gradually evolved into the massive structures that we know and admire today, and the story of that evolution gives us key insights into the way that Medieval society evolved and the inner workings of the society as well."

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