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How reliable is Jonathan Coad's description of Dover Castle in the 17th century?

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´╗┐Reece Buckle Jonathans Coad?s interpretation of Dover Castle is that it was left neglected in the 17th century, which was also unusual. I agree with this. However, it?s still a hard decision based on the lack of the information given on Dover Castle in this time period, except Coad?s interpretation itself. Coad, who works for English Heritage, does have an authority in what he says, due to English Heritage specialising in English history. However, his interpretation may have been exaggerated when it?s ?neglect? was described as an ?anomaly?. This is because his interpretation was merely a snapshot point primarily used for a tourist guide book. This is much different in comparison to William Batcheller, who has written several full academic books also based on Dover Castle. ...read more.


becoming a prison. In fact, Coad contradicted himself at this point. He stated that Dover Castle was also used as 'prison well into the 18th Century', meaning that it wasn't necessarily neglected; as it could function other potential uses such as trade, communication, honour, and occupying a prison. This means its military purpose wasn't always needed. Batcheller does agree with Coad’s interpretation; however it can also oppose it. A report in 1727 (early 18th century) describes the castle to 'have suffered much, both from neglect and violence'. It also wasn't until the end of the 18th century, that £50,000 was spent to 'secure and defend this important military station' from the 'continual threats' of a French invasion. ...read more.


So it may not have been such an ?anomaly? If it was left to the point it needed these last minute repairs of 'renewal or replacement'. However, in relation to this, the time period here talks about Dover Castle in the late 16th Century (1596) which isn't far from the early 17th Century (when Coad describes its neglect as an anomaly). Although, contradicting that, it?s still a different time period from Coad's point about neglect. In conclusion, I?d say Coad's interpretation was correct about Dover Castle being neglected during the early-17th century, but not as an 'anomaly' as Coad describes it. This is because there is evidence for it becoming neglected in other time periods. Or even that it was just adapted for different uses (e.g. a prison). You also have to remember that his interpretation is an only an opinion, which isn't necessarily factual. ...read more.

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