Carmarthen Castle

The Archaeology of Government

Neil Ludlow

Neil Ludlow

Distributed for University of Wales Press

475 pages | 166 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9781783160129 Published September 2014 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Carmarthen Castle is one of Wales’s most important but least-known castles. This book examines the history and development of this center of government from the medieval period to the present day. Drawing on recent archaeological excavations and documentary research, Neil Ludlow sheds light on what daily life was like for castle officials and other occupants and provides details of their interactions with the town of Carmarthen, the surrounding region and beyond. Included are several previously unpublished maps, plans, and illustrations that provide context and aid in describing existing and former buildings and their uses. This book restores Carmarthen Castle to its place at the heart of Wales’s medieval history.
John Kenyon, National Library of Wales

“The castle of Carmarthen was the centre of authority of the English Crown in southwest Wales from early Norman Times, with the town alongside growing in importance during the Middle Ages. Although rich in documentation, until recently little was known or understood about the fabric of the castle, but, as this book shows, the work of the author and contributors has transformed our knowledge, and the volume makes a very important contribution to the medieval and later history of Wales.”

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