Crystal Castles

 

Crystal  Castles


Crystal Emporium has full-leaded castles for you to cherish, own, and admire!   Precisely crafted with observation towers, artillery openings or windows, gatehouses, staircases, and a main house, our castles are each unique, distinctive, and gorgeous!   Whether you’re a castle historian or a person in a powerful position, each castle makes a wonderful gift or collector’s piece!


History of Castles


          From the earliest times, walls surrounded cities and palaces, often of enormous thickness and great height.  Some  were surrounded by a moat while others were flanked by towers.  Some ancient fortifications can be traced as far back as 1600 B.C. such as the walls of Babylon and the curtain wall of Ashur.  The main function of all castles was defense; everything else was secondary.  They were always surrounded by a curtain wall, which was often supplemented by a reinforced shield wall at strategic points. Crenellations (a pattern of repeated square indentations) or battlements and arrow slits protected the defenders, and attackers often also had to overcome a series of several gates.  A drawbridge protected the main entrance and machicolations projecting over the gate, from which boiling liquids and missiles could be dropped on the hapless foes below.  The final refuge of the castle residents was the stronghold, or keep.  It was the tallest and strongest building within the walls, with a high entrance accessible only via a removable ladder or wooden bridge.

   

           In addition to a watchtower, usually the center point of the entire castle, the keep was also a status symbol.  The main residential building (great hall) was called the Palas.  The castle chapel was often installed in the gatehouse or in one of the main towers, while a small garden inside the walls provided herbs, flowers and vegetables for emergencies.  Offices and service rooms were generally located in the outer ward.

                    

          From the 16th Century on, castle walls had to be made increasingly thicker and stronger in response to the development of artillery.  Only a few castles were made into mighty fortresses.  Instead, the wealthy moved to more comfortable residential castles.    Many were sumptuously decorated and extraordinarily lavish in all detail.

  

           A castle was a home for its owner and family as well as a place for guests, admistrative meetings, and justice events.  It also was built strong enough to defend its occupants.

 

 

Famous Castles

          *  Windsor Castle:    England’s Windsor Castle "stands on a low hill on the south bank of the River

                Thames overlooking the little modern town of Windsor." (Hindly, p. 80)  The first castle on the site

                was a mote-and-bailey castle created by William the Conqueror.  Windsor Castle is the largest

                inhabited castle in the world.  Presently, it is the home of Queen Elizabeth II.

           *  The Tower of London:    The Tower of London was built to protect the capital, while Windsor Castle

                was built to control the approaches to London.  William I built the White Tower and it stood only a

                few yards from the city's east wall (the old wall of a Roman town).  The White Tower is 90 feet high

                and the original tower is located in the center of a building.

           *  The Chateau of Chambard:   In one of the loveliest Renaissance buildings in the valley of the Loire

                 in France, Chambord was a retreat for French kings, especially Louis XIV.  It was under his reign

                 that French dramatist Moliere's Monsieur de Pourceaugnac and Le bourgeois Gentilhomme were

                 first produced there.

           *  Versailles:    Touted as the most beautiful castle in France, Versailles was built between 1660-85 by

                Louis LeVau and Jules Hardouin-Mansart.  It features the works of André LeNôtre (gardens)

                and Charles LeBrun (decoration).  36,000 workmen were employed to build the palace.  In 1677,

                Louis XIV moved the court there.  Versailles is famous, not just as a building, but as a system of

                absolute monarchy which Louis XIV exhibited.

              *   Tintagel:   Connected to the mainland by a slim finger of land, this legendary Scottish castle is set

                 on a dramatic and picturesque headland that is virtually an island.  Over the centuries, much of the

                 castle has fallen into the sea and very little remains today, but it is worth the steep climb up the

                 steps to either part of the castle for the picturesque setting alone.  The headland has been linked

                 with the tales of King Arthur since 1136, when Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote that it was here that

                 King Arthur was conceived.  Later stories told of how Arthur was born and even lived at Tintagel, but

                 there is no direct evidence to connect him with the area.

  

Majestic Castle - Small on Peacock Mtn
$110.00
$80.00
Peacock Castle on BB Mountain
$60.00
$42.00
Peacock Castle on Peaock Mountain
$60.00
$42.00
Peacock Castle on Round Base
$45.00
$28.00
Peacock Castle with Round Moat
$60.00
$38.00
Silver Castle in Peacock Dome
$50.00
$38.00
Austrian Crystal Roman Castle
$60.00
$50.00
Austrian Crystal Mountain Castle
$75.00
$60.00
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