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Castellarium Anglicanum

an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales, and the islands (2 Vols)
David James Cathcart King

An attempt to list all the castles of England and Wales, this highly scholarly text in two volumes by the late, greatly respected, D. J. Cathcart King is the standard text. It is the prime authority for the lists of castles in this web site. The introductory chapters are a fascinating, if a little difficult to read, discourses on the history of the recording of castles and a paradigm of the castle. The appendix includes a listing and discussion of some of the obscure names of castles recorded in medieval documents but not identified with specific site. A must for the serious scholar though generally inaccessible to the casual castle enthusiast. King was aware that his listing was incomplete and the Gatehouse web site is an attempt to carry on his work and make it more widely available.

See also Renn, Derek, 1984, 'Review: Castellarium Anglicanum by D.J. Cathcart King" Medieval Archaeology Vol. 28 p. 277–278 online copy
2413 sites in England.
688 sites in Wales.

Published by Kraus International Publications (1983; Millwood, New York)
ISBN: 0527501107

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