The Siege

The Siege : Under Attack in Renaissance Europe

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Experience the dread and the triumph of a 16th-century siege. It's 1585 and the Netherlands is in revolt against the Spanish Empire. One Dutch town is all that stands between the Spanish army and its invasion of Holland. Prepare to experience a city under siege...A composite of several historic battles, this book takes readers inside the walls of a besieged community and also behind the battle lines with the attackers. Readers will march with the advancing army and learn the logistics of keeping it fed. They will join the townspeople in preparing the defence, even demolishing some of their own buildings to deter the enemy. And they will witness the need for patience as much as power, since victory often depended on outlasting the enemy against disease and starvation. The story is brought to life through dramatic storytelling and vivid illustrations, and factually grounded with detailed diagrams, this book is a realistic look at Renaissance life during military strife.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 5.33mm | 231.33g
  • Ontario, Canada
  • English
  • 50 full colour illustrations
  • 1554511070
  • 9781554511075
  • 1,131,929

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Experience the assault on a 16th century town from both inside the defenders' walls and behind the attackers' lines through dramatic storytelling. Maps, diagrams and action-packed illustrations accompany the text.--The Canadian Children's Book Center"Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008" (01/01/2008)
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About Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro is the critically acclaimed author of "Battle Stations! Fortifications Through the Ages," "Ultra Hush-Hush: Espionage and Special Missions," and "Hoodwinked: Deception and Resistance." He is a lifelong aficionado of military history and lives in Columbus, Ohio. John Mantha is the award-winning illustrator of more than a dozen books, including "The Kids Book of Canadian History" and "The Kids Book of World Religions." He lives in Toronto.
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