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8 August 2012

Incredibly, it seems that 'castle scholars' or historians that study castles in England (Scotland and Wales are not implicated) have in the main  rejected the idea that the Normans built them for defensive reasons or that they were designed to cow the natives and protect the minority, the French. It seems the current 'group think' is that castles represent 'peacable power' – a paradox if there ever was one. Strange as this concept might seem, a case of revisionists standing logic on its head, it seems that Marc Morris, author of The Norman Conquest, Hutchinson:2012, has felt it necessary to put castles back to their previous status – fortifications designed to repel the threat of rebellion from the conquered English natives (see also www.historyextra.com and the BBC History magazine, 13:8 (August 2012)

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