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