The History of Castles

The History of Castles : Fortifications Around the World

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The awful gloom of a Norman dungeon, the majestic power of a great keep, the sweep of battlements -- castles have the power to fascinate us in a way few buildings can.Europe is rich in the ruins of castles, from small tower houses to massive structures the size of a small city, but all across the world there are examples of man's ingenious fortifications, built for protection or conquest. Castles takes readers on a global tour that also includes stops in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, to examine why and how castles were built in different regions, how they were used, and in many cases, how they were destroyed in warfare.Through the use of evocative photographs, the aid of maps, and examples of reconstructions, this encyclopedic guide brings the past to life and is a must for every ruin hunter.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 228 x 302 x 24mm | 1,338.11g
  • Globe Pequot Press
  • Old Saybrook, United States
  • English
  • Lyons Press.
  • 1585744352
  • 9781585744350
  • 1,956,140

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Christopher Gravett has given us a fascinating look into how castles were built around the world, and why, in this major book. Floor plans and construction details of many castles are included, along with the stories of military campaigns waged to lay siege to and destroy them. For students or history and architecture this is a landmark book. Includes 200 full-color photographs, 30 recontructions, glossary, and 70 detailed maps.
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