Castles and Fortifications from Around the World

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Globe Pequot, Jul 1, 2007 - Architecture - 191 pages
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The History of Castles is the ultimate illustrated guide to the world's most fascinating castles and strongholds. Dating back to ancient times, when Greeks, Romans, and Celts built fortifications to defend territories, castles have stood as symbols of both military might and cultural achievement. Christopher Gravett takes us on a tour of the most magnificent castles throughout the world, with chapters ranging from the British Isles, France, Germany, the Low Countries, Austria, Switzerland, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Scandinavia, to Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as fortifications in the Muslim World, the Far East, and the United States.The author, former curator at the infamous Tower of London, explores the important roles that these castles played in warfare and in social history. He also provides a thorough look at the architectural history and function of these proud strongholds. Featuring nearly 200 beautiful full-color photographs, 30 reconstructions, and 70 detailed maps--plus more than 70 new illustrations unique to this paperback edition--The History of Castles is the ideal book for history enthusiasts, vacation planners, and anyone enamored by these breathtaking buildings.
  

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Contents

Introduction
FRANCE
The Donjon Stone Tower or Keep 18
French Palaces 24
ENGLAND
The Curtain Wall 36
Tower Houses 42
Castles of Edward I 48
TheAlcazaba 102
Castle Palaces 110
Castles Against Castile 116
Castles of Several Cultures 122
The Role of the Castle 170
Round Forts and Star Forts 176
Romantic Ruins
Castles Today 188

SWITZERLAND
Wasserburgen 98

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About the author (2007)

Christopher Gravett is chief curator of arms and armor, Royal Armories Collection at HM Tower of London, and is recognized worldwide as an authority on all aspects of the medieval age. He has written and coauthored several titles covering a variety of topics from this period, including The World of the Medieval Knight, Going to War in Viking Times, Knights at Tournament, Bosworth 1485, and Medieval Siege Warfare.


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