Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500 is a three volume survey offering an assessment of nearly 700 houses and a synthesis of current knowledge and research. This second volume, first published in 2000, covers central England and Wales and is divided into five geographical regions. Each of the four English regions is supported by historical and architectural introductions, and by a thought-provoking essay stimulated by a key building in the region. The fifth section, on Wales, is the first overview devoted solely to medieval Welsh houses. The text is complemented by hundreds of illustrations - plans and maps, early engravings, and photographs showing the present condition of almost every house discussed. Many traditional assumptions are challenged on well-known buildings, making this volume - and the survey as a whole - essential reading for anyone interested in medieval English and Welsh history and culture.
Part I. East Anglia: 1. East Anglia: historical background; 2. East Anglia: architectural introduction; 3. Monastic residential survivals; 4. East Anglia: bibliography; 5. East Anglia: survey; Appendices 1 and 2; Part II. East Midlands: 6. East Midlands: historical background; 7. East Midlands: architectural introduction; 8. Politics, society, and defensive tower-houses in fifteenth-century England; 9. East Midlands: bibliography; 10 East Midlands: survey; Appendices 3 and 4; Part III. Central Midlands: 11. Central Midlands: historical background; 12. Central Midlands: architectural introduction; 13. Residential tower-houses in fifteenth-century England; 14. Central Midlands: bibliography; 15. Central Midlands: survey. Appendices 5 and 6; Part IV. West Midlands and Borderland with Wales: 16. West Midlands and Borderland with Wales: historical background; 17. West Midlands and Borderland with Wales: architectural introduction; 18. The aristocracy: palace-fortresses and trophy houses; 19. West Midlands and Borderland with Wales: bibliography; 20. West Midlands and Borderland with Wales: survey; Appendices 7 and 8; Part V. Wales: 21. The Welsh landscape and its medieval development; 22. Royal residences; 23. Baronial and other castles; 24. Episcopal residences; 25. Fortified and tower houses; 26. Native houses in north Wales and the borderland; 27. Anglo-Plantagenet houses in south Wales; 28. Further aspects of residential occupation; 29. Wales: bibliography; Appendix 9; List of plates; List of figures; Index.