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Anglo-Saxon Towers of Lordship

Michael G. Shapland


It has long been assumed that England lay outside the Western European tradition of castle-building until after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is now becoming apparent that Anglo-Saxon lords were constructing free-standing towers at their residences all across England during the tenth and eleventh centuries. Initially these towers were exclusively of timber, and quite modest in scale. There followed the ‘tower-nave’ churches, towers with only a tiny chapel located inside, which appear to have had a dual function as buildings of elite worship and symbols of secular power and authority. This bo ... More

Keywords: tower-naves, Anglo-Saxons, Normans, architecture, lordly residences, churches, castles, monasteries, warfare, aristocracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809463
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809463.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael G. Shapland, author
Senior Archaeologist, Archaeology South-East, University College London