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[The book presents a study of how the dominant class in each epoch of English history has accumulated its wealth and invested that wealth in iconic buildings. Five key driving forces of iconic building are identified. Accumulation of the economic surplus funds the investment; functional...
[Distributions of income and wealth remained highly unequal in Britain until the twentieth century. During the feudal period, land was the predominant store of wealth, and landownership was concentrated in the hands of the crown, church, and aristocracy. Wealth was slowly redistributed to the...
[Castles were introduced to England by the Norman conquerors. Initially they functioned as fortresses to subdue the subject Saxon population, with massive tower keeps erected to guard the nation’s key towns. During the twelfth century, these castles played a crucial role in the extended struggle...
[Nearly all the churches of the Old English kingdom were demolished and rebuilt in the Romanesque style by the conquering Normans. This phase of intensive rebuilding was made possible by the enormous wealth expropriated from the defeated Anglo-Saxon population. Between the late twelfth and early...
[There arose in the fifteenth century a new form of aristocratic dwelling, the courtyard house. This was the form adopted by Henry VIII for his vast portfolio of palaces. Magnate building reached a climax in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, with the prodigy houses built by the new aristocracy...
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