War, Household, and Castles in Medieval Europe — and Beyond

- Burger, Michael*
What was a castle? This seems like a simple question, but the answer goes to the heart of medieval politics, noble lifestyles, and much else. This talk will uncover why castles emerged in medieval Europe, how social change and the Crusades changed them over time, and how gunpowder brought the age of the castle to an end.

The talk, rich in images of castles and other buildings, will end with the afterlife of the castle and how it might haunt us still.