The great tower was one of the most potent cultural symbols of lordship in medieval and renaissance Europe. Whereas the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries thought them the primitive expression of impoverished and lawless societies, current research has revealed sophistication and ambition.
With its focus upon the household and living patterns, this conference will present new findings that reveal facets of that sophistication and ambition: from the stage-management of public display to how they functioned simultaneously as ceremonial centres and practical residences. Changing social patterns required an increasing complexity of design, plan and furnishing; and, over time, their function changed in relation to the other structures of the castle court.
This conference, the second in the Towers series, shares new research from throughout northern Europe, and addresses both the most fundamental and the most neglected aspect of towers - namely how were they used and how did that change ?
It is aimed at anybody with an interest in towers and tower houses, from lay to professional, from archaelogist to architect, from historian to enthusiast. Above all, it will help to place the Scottish and English tower in its northern European context. We were not alone…
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