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Castleden, Rodney

Works: 95 works in 380 publications in 3 languages and 15,768 library holdings
Genres: History  Folklore  Biography  Pictorial works  Chronologies  Case studies  Stories, plots, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Illustrator
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Most widely held works by Rodney Castleden
The Stonehenge people : an exploration of life in Neolithic Britain, 4700-2000 BC by Rodney Castleden( )

32 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in English and held by 3,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rodney Castleden presents an illuminating and convincing interpretation of Stonhenge's cultural context and historical meaning
King Arthur : the truth behind the legend by Rodney Castleden( )

36 editions published between 1999 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"King Arthur is often written off as a medieval fantasy, the dream of those yearning for an age of strong, just rulers and a contented kingdom. Those who accept his existence at all generally discard the stories that surround him." "The author's investigation argues not only that Arthur did exist, but that many of the romantic tales - of Merlin, Camelot and Excalibur - are rooted in truth. He carefully scrutinises up-to-date archaeological and documentary sources, from which a picture emerges of Arthur as a genuine sixth-century military commander-in-chief, responsible for leading the Britons of Wales and the West Country." "One of the most exciting aspects of the book is Rodney Castleden's proposal of a radical new theory - that Arthur escaped alive from his final battle, to a retirement far from home. A location is even suggested for perhaps the greatest mystery, the whereabouts of Arthur's grave."--Jacket
Atlantis destroyed by Rodney Castleden( )

24 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 2,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fired by the imagination a new vision of Atlantis has arisen over the last one hundred and fifty years as a lost utopia. Rodney Castleden discusses why this picture arose and explains how it has become confused with Plato's genuine account
The making of Stonehenge by Rodney Castleden( )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every generation has created its own interpretation of Stonehenge, but rarely do these relate to the physical realities of the monument. Rodney Castleden begins with those elements which made possible the building of this vast stone circle: the site, the materials and the society that undertook the enormous task of transporting and raising the great vertical stones, then capping them, all to a carefully contrived plan. What emerges from this detailed examination is a much fuller sense of Stonehenge, both in relation to all the similar sites close by, and in terms of the uses to which it wa
Mycenaeans by Rodney Castleden( )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Mycenaean World belonged to the legendary heroes who conquered Troy and stand at the heart of Greek identity. Since the discovery of the remains of the civilization of Mycenae in the 1870s, knowledge of these Bronze Age Greeks has increased dramatically. This text is a major new contribution to our understanding of this crucial period. Stepping into the place of the collapsed civilization of Minoan Crete and the Peloponnese (the subject of Castleden's earlier bestselling study, Minoans), the Mycenaeans dominated mainland Greece and the Greek islands from about 1600-1250 BC. Their exploits became the subject of the legends that were immortalized by Homer. In lively prose informed by the latest research, this vivid study delivers the fundamentals of Mycenaean civilization, its hierarchy, economy, religion and arts. Controversially, Castleden interprets the well-known palaces of Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos and elsewhere as temples. Their sea empire and their relations with other peoples of the Bronze Age world, including the Hittites, the Egyptians and the Trojans, receive full attention. In addition the causes of the end of their civilization are discussed. The book is an indispensable starting point for the study of the Greek Bronze Age."--Publisher's description
The Knossos labyrinth : a new view of the "Palace of Minos" at Knosos by Rodney Castleden( )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 1,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knossos, like the Acropolis or Stonehenge, is a symbol for an entire culture. The Knossos Labyrinth was first built in the reign of a Middle Kingdom Egyptian pharaoh, and was from the start the focus of a glittering and exotic culture. Homer left elusive clues about the Knossian court and when the lost site of Knossos gradually re-emerged from obscurity in the nineteenth century, the first excavators - Minos Kalokairinos, Heinrich Schliemann, and Arthur Evans - were predisposed to see the site through the eyes of the classical authors. Rodney Castleden argues that this line of thought was a false trail and gives an alternative insight into the labyrinth which is every bit as exciting as the traditional explanations, and one which he believes is much closer to the truth. Rejecting Evans' view of Knossos as a bronze age royal palace, Castleden puts forward alternative interpretations - that the building was a necropolis or a temple - and argues that the temple interpretation is the most satisfactory in the light of modern archaeological knowledge about Minoan Crete
Minoans : life in Bronze Age Crete by Rodney Castleden( Book )

26 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive view of the people of Crete based on archeological research
Neolithic Britain : new stone age sites of England, Scotland, and Wales by Rodney Castleden( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The phrase 'stone age' has come to mean different things to different people. To some it implies denigration, and a lack of culture, but archaeologists increasingly regard it as a period of achievement. The climax of the stone age in Britain, the neolithic period (4700-2000 BC), was a period of startlingly varied achievement, and it is this phase that Rodney Castleden documents in this book. Britain is astonishingly rich in neolithic sites, which supply us with evidence of the complex archaic societies that flourished the length and breadth of the island. At its highest development, the neolithic economy depended on networks of communication that spread right across into mainland Europe. The neolithic Britons created some magnificent monumental architecture at their cult centres, such as Avebury and Maes Howe. All too often the remains of that neolithic world have survived only in severely damaged fragments, sometimes hastily retrieved with the limited resources of a rescue dig: yet even these provide us with valuable insights. Where more sustained work has been possible, as at Fengate, Avebury, Crickley Hill or Stonehenge, we can begin to see a more continuous image of the neolithic way of life. Rodney Castleden lists and surveys a wide variety of domestic, ceremonial and burial sites, some of them recently discovered. He selects some of these for detailed description and explanation; from these a sense of the diversity and vitality of the neolithic communities emerges
Infamous murderers by Rodney Castleden( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learn factual stories about the world's most well-known murderers
Castles of Britain and Ireland by Rodney Castleden( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To many, medieval castles are the essence of Britain and Ireland's fascinating past. Immersed in history and centuries old, each one tells a story of Kings, Queens and feuding lords; war and bloody conflict; treason, revenge and murder. In Castles of Britain and Ireland, Rodney Castleden weaves a fascinating and detailed narrative of 115 of the grandest and most historically significant castles in the British Isles, including Balmoral in Scotland, Bunratty in Ireland, Caernarfon in Wales and St Michael's Mount in England. As well as the details of the construction, function, and often the destruction of these magnificent buildings, each chapter also tells the human stories behind these ancient walls, with fascinating details of everyday life within
Natural disasters that changed the world by Rodney Castleden( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides descriptions of many natural disasters that have affected the world we live in
The book of saints by Rodney Castleden( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stories of 100 inspirational saints
Great unsolved crimes by Rodney Castleden( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines some of the most intriguing and mysterious unsolved murders throughout history
Inventions that changed the world by Rodney Castleden( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 250 inventions are described in chronological order, from stone tools to DVDs, from gunpowder to the atom bomb, from the wheel to the worldwide web, including: the names and backgrounds of their inventors, the problems the inventors were trying to solve, the significance of the inventions to their contemporaries, the ways in which inventions have changed the world in which we live. Inventions have a strange way of coming into being independently in two places at once. How do inventions come into being and where do the ideas come from? Why is it that inventors often overlook possible negative outcomes of their inventions? How do inventors turn their ideas into practical realities?
Attack on Troy by Rodney Castleden( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People who changed the world by Rodney Castleden( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lives of 175 people who had a significant impact on civilization since and including the Ancient World
Harrap's book of British dates : a comprehensive chronological dictionary of British dates from prehistoric times to the present day by Rodney Castleden( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain 3000 BC by Rodney Castleden( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Serial killers : they live to kill by Rodney Castleden( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Serial Killers is a collection of factual stories about some of the world's most notorious serial murderers
Classic landforms of the Sussex coast by Rodney Castleden( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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King Arthur : the truth behind the legend
King Arthur : the truth behind the legendAtlantis destroyedThe making of StonehengeMycenaeansThe Knossos labyrinth : a new view of the "Palace of Minos" at KnososMinoans : life in Bronze Age CreteInfamous murderersNatural disasters that changed the world
Alternative Names
Kāsledens, Rodnijs

캐스트레덴, 로드니 1945-

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