An entertaining glimpse of life in a walled castle. Two-page spreads consider various topics: construction, design, and defense are included, but the emphasis here is on the lives of the castle's builders and the daily occupations of its inhabitants, from lord and lady to mat-weaver and sweeper. Food, village life, farming, religion, and festivals are also featured, making it clear that castle life depended on its neighbors. In colorful detail, lively illustrations depict cross-sectioned interiors and the surrounding countryside. A balanced, informative introduction. Glossary; index.