****Castles of Britain and Ireland
The Ultimate Reference Book
A Region-by-Region Guide to Over 1,350 Castles
by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
Reviewed July 29, 2003.
Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, 1997. 336 pages.
From $28.97 on Amazon.com
I bought this book via Amazon a couple of years ago, before we visited
Ireland. It’s too heavy to carry along on a trip, but if you love
castles and have any chance to visit the British Isles, it’s the perfect
book to have.
The first thirteen chapters (115 large pages) thoroughly explain the
history of castles in the British Isles. They include beautiful color
pictures and diagrams, giving examples of castles built at different time
The remaining half of the book is the “gazetteer”—alphabetical lists
of all the castles in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It was
from this book that I learned that there was a castle with my family name
in Ireland, Hatch Castle. I use it to help choose places to visit before
a trip and look up the castles I’ve visited after a trip. I do wish
someone would write such a book (in English) about castles in Germany!
It’s very interesting to learn why English castles are different from Irish
Castles and Scottish Castles and why they’re all totally different from
This is a wonderful reference for hard-core castle devotees like me.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
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