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Castles: from mighty fortresses to fantastical palaces

John Goodall explores the ever-changing nature of the castle

Published: August 26, 2022 at 11:37 am
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John Goodall examines how the castle’s role has evolved through time – from medieval fortresses and prisons to regal residences and tourist hotspots. Speaking with Emily Briffett, he explains how these iconic landmarks have reflected society throughout their long history and shaped the way we think about the past.


John Goodall is the author of The Castle: A History (Yale University Press, 2022)


Emily BriffettPodcast editorial assistant

Emily is HistoryExtra’s podcast editorial assistant. Before joining the BBC History team in 2021, Emily graduated with an MA in Public History from Royal Holloway, University of London


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