London, 1100-1600 - The Archaeology of a Capital City - John Schofield

London, 1100-1600 - The Archaeology of a Capital City - John Schofield

Castles, palaces and royal houses

London, 1100-1600 - The Archaeology of a Capital City - John Schofield

John Schofield [+-]
Museum of London (retired)
John Schofield is now retired from the Museum of London, and is an archaeologist writing various books and reports. He is archaeologist for St Paul's Cathedral, London, and has produced a large report 'St Paul's Cathedral before Wren', published by English Heritage in 2011. Also in 2011 he published 'London 1100-1600' for Equinox Press, in the series Archaeology of Medieval Europe, of which he is series editor. This book was awarded the London Archaeological Prize for the best archaeological publication in London in the years 2011-12, on 16 November 2012.


The palaces and other houses of England’s kings and queens in London will be dealt with only briefly in this book, which is mainly about the archaeology of everybody else, the people who formed the backdrop to national events. But the lives of many revolved around the monarch and the royal court, wherever it was, and we should outline what innovations or revolutions in taste started in royal buildings. From the archaeological viewpoint, these tend to be new or recently-fashionable (or plain cost-effective) ideas in construction and layout of buildings, rather than royal artefacts. The themes of this chapter, therefore, are constructional highlights or innovations at royal sites; archaeological gathering of information on those palaces and royal houses which are less known because their sites are built over; and the setting of some of the palaces, including their prehistory as houses belonging to others.

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Schofield, John. Castles, palaces and royal houses. London, 1100-1600 - The Archaeology of a Capital City. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 42 - 59 Oct 2011. ISBN 9781908049728. Date accessed: 25 Sep 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19567. Oct 2011

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