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Castles and Defences of East Anglia

Framlingham Castle (Sam Newton December 2004)

with Dr Robert Liddiard

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 24th October 2009

This study-day will look at the development of fortifications in East Anglia from prehistoric to modern times. There will be an emphasis throughout on the archaeology of East Anglian defence landscapes.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The prehistoric and Roman background and the origins of the castle in East Anglia.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The war of 1173-4, a time when East Anglia’s castles found themselves caught up in a brief, but violent, episode in Anglo-Norman politics.  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 A look at fortification in the late medieval and early modern periods and at the impact of the “Military Revolution” on the East Anglian landscape.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Fortifications of the twentieth century and an examination of the coastal defences of Suffolk during the Second World War.  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Robert Liddiard

Robert Liddiard is a senior lecturer in Landscape History at the University of East Anglia. His doctoral thesis (2000) examined the landscape context of Norman castles in East Anglia. He has published widely on the subject of castles, including an edited collection of essays entitled Anglo-Norman Castles (Boydell, 2003) and Castles in Context (Windgather, 2005). His recent work has focused on medieval hunting landscapes (ed. The Medieval Park: New Perspectives, Windgather, 2007) and on the archaeology of the Second World War.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Allen Brown, R., Castles from the Air (Cambridge 1989)
Allen Brown, R., Castles, Conquest and Charters: Collected Papers (Woodbridge 1989)
Allen Brown, R., English Castles (re-printed Woodbridge 2004)
Creighton, O., & R. Higham, Castles (Shire, 2003)
Higham, R. & P. Barker, Timber Castles (London 1992; Exeter 2004)
Liddiard, R. (ed.), Anglo-Norman Castles (Woodbridge 2003)
Liddiard, R., Castles in Context (Windgather 2005)
Osborne, M., Defending Britain: Twentieth-Century Military Structures in the Landscape (Tempus, 2004)
Pounds, N.J.G., The Medieval Castle in England and Wales. A social and political history (Cambridge University Press 1990)


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