Berkhamsted Castle | Recommended Reading

Berkhamsted Castle

Recommended Reading

If you would like to know more about any of the topics discussed on our web site, you can’t beat a good book — either traditional or electronic. A number of eminent historians cover the periods and personalities connected with Berkhamsted Castle. You can find a selection of their work presented here. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.


Cecily Duchess of York
J.L. Laynesmith

Bloomsbury 2019

This is the first scholarly biography of Cecily Neville, duchess of York, the mother of Edward IV and Richard III. J. L. Laynesmith draws on a wealth of rarely considered sources to construct a fresh and revealing portrait of a remarkable woman, the only major protagonist to live right through the Wars of the Roses.

Winner of the 2018 Royal Studies Network Book Prize.

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The Bayeux Tapestry
David M. Wilson

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Berkhamsted Through Time
Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society

This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Berkhamsted has changed and developed.

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The Bayeux Tapestry Embroiderers’ Story
Jan Messent

A fascinating and colourful account  of the Bayeux Tapestry by embroiderer and artist  Jan Messent.


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A Sort of Life
Graham Greene

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Two Lectures on the History and Antiquities of Berkhamsted
Rev John Wolstenholme Cobb

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1066 and All That
W.C.; Yeatman, R.J. Sellar

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The Official Guide to Berkhamsted Castle

The Official Guide to Berkhamsted Castle

The Official Guide to Berkhamsted Castle offering a guided walk for you to explore the castle ruins in detail.

On sale at the castle visitors’ centre,

Berkhamsted: An Illustrated History
Scott Hastie

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Berkhampstead Castle, 1066 to 1495
Paul Martin Remfry

A detailed study of the history and fabric of Berkhamsted Castle from Dacorum Heritage Trust, including a description of the castle remains with references to the early 20th-century archaeological excavations.

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A Critical Companion to English Mappae Mundi of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
Dan Terkla

Mappae mundi (maps of the world), beautiful objects in themselves, offer huge insights into how medieval scholars conceived the world and their place within it. They are a fusion of “real” geographical locations with fantastical, geographic, historical, legendary and theological material. Their production reached its height in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, with such well-known examples as the Hereford map, the maps of Matthew Paris, and the Vercelli map.

This volume provides a comprehensive Companion to the seven most significant English mappae mundi, surveying the maps’ materials, types, shapes, sources, contents, and uses in the medieval world. It also explores the shared history of map and book making in Britain before and after the Norman Conquest.

A chapter is devoted to each individual map, including the Duchy of Cornwall Map Fragment and the Hereford Mappa Mundi.


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