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posted 11-14-2001 11:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for scismstixchick   Click Here to Email scismstixchick     Edit/Delete Message
I am a sophomore in an honors english class and I had to choose a topic pertaining to the "Elizabethan" period. My mother has always been interested in casltes so I figured I would pick that. I had to refine my topic to just how casltes were built and what life inside them was like, I thought that would be long enough but she ended up wanting a little more and I really only have one main source. It provivded me with most of my info on like how they were built, what they were built of, who lived in them, the dutied of those who lived there, etc. etc. However, I was wanting specific statistics or really specific features unique to one caslte or a couple castles; some interesting facts. If anyone has any sites, I couldn't find any good ones, or if anyone knows some info themselves, I would greatly appreciate it. This is my first time posting, but I am glad I found this. I think you can see my email but if you can't it is

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posted 11-15-2001 05:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Erik Schmidt   Click Here to Email Erik Schmidt     Edit/Delete Message
I don't know what your source is, but if it is a general work on castles then little of the information may be of use to you since you are writing about castles in Elizabethan times.
By that time, mid 16th to early 17th century, the castle was well and truly in decline. The development of powerful cannon and the increasing professionalization of warfare took the focus away from the castle. Many castles were abandoned as their role of stronghold and residence declined, most of the wealthy lords preferring to build new, better located and more comfortable residences, the role of stronghold having been taken over by the cannon fort, a purely military structure.
I consider this a sad period as many castles were blown up or pulverized during warfare or drastically altered or demolished to make way for the new residence.


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posted 01-11-2002 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mustang   Click Here to Email Mustang     Edit/Delete Message
I'll find what I can but I need to know what castles you're looking for!!

posted 01-11-2002 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
As pointed out, the time of the 'castle' was really over, But fortified manor houses, or sham castles were the in thing.
Perhaps something in the nature of 'Hever Castle' in Kent might fit the bill ?
This was started as far back as the 1270's; so was built in the castle period.
But by 1460 became the property of Henry Boleyn, greatgrandfather of Anne Boleyn. Mother of Elizabeth 1. So this would be a great place to follow through with.
Hever is now famous for its gardens as well as its architecture.
Just a thought !

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