About the author

John Goodall is the architectural editor of Country Life. He is responsible for writing and commissioning the celebrated series of architectural features published in the magazine every week.

John has been involved in various television series on history and architecture. He was the series consultant for the BBC1 television series on architecture presented by David Dimbleby, The Way We Built Britain (2007).

Previous to his present post, John worked as a researcher and historian at English Heritage (1997-9 and 2003-7), where he was involved in launching the new guidebook series known as the Red Guides and worked on several flagship exhibitions at sites including Battle and Dover.

Working as a freelance, John has lectured widely to specialist, university and general audiences. He has also contributed articles to books, journals and magazines. The English Castle is John’s second book. The first, God’s House at Ewelme, was published by Ashgate in 2001. It was the winner of the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize.