Castles: Their Construction and History

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Courier Corporation, 1939 - Architecture - 241 pages
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The art of fortification had reached a high state of development even at the dawn of history. Powerful military works, dating from the remotest periods, have been found in Asia Minor, in Greece, and in the basins of the Tigris, the Euphrates, and the Nile rivers. The medieval castle, with its strategic, crenellated ramparts and aura of legend and romance, represents perhaps the most familiar form of a long-crucial art.
This concise, scholarly volume traces the history of the castle from its ancient roots in the Levant, through Roman times and the Middle Ages, to the fanciful chateaux of the sixteenth century. Profusely illustrated with nearly 200 photographs, floor-plan diagrams, and pen-and-ink renderings, "Castles" explores innovations in castle design, siege operations, artillery, and other weapons, living conditions within the castle, and clearly explains intriguing features of construction: moats, baileys, keeps, donjons, barbicans, double curtains, loopholes, and many others.
In addition, noted historian and fortification expert Sidney Toy takes the reader on a detailed guided tour of over 120 of the most famous castles and fortresses of Europe and the Middle East. Explore Caernarvon Castle (associated with the Princes of Wales), Dover Castle, Arundel Castle, Hadrian's Wall, the Tower of London, the famed city of Troy, and dozens of others in vivid accounts focusing on the architecture, offensive and defensive modifications, and historical importance of each structure or site.
Castle enthusiasts, medievalists, military buffs, travelers, and anyone interested in the evolution and development of the castle will find this meticulously researched overview an informative and absorbing account.Corrected republication of "Castles: A Short History of Fortifications form 1600 B.C. to A.D. 1600" published by William Heinemann, Ltd., London/Toronto, 1939.
  

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User Review  - Philip Athans - Goodreads

Research for historical novel set in the Crusades continues. . . . A solid overview, but lacking in detail. A good starting point. Read full review

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User Review  - Apryl Anderson - Goodreads

Not exactly a gripping read, but danged fascinating to see the development of defenses and offensive weaponry spanning from 1600 BCE to 1600. I've been extremely fortunate to have lived around the ... Read full review

Contents

The Ancient Fortresses of Babylon Mesopotamia Assyria Asia Minor and Greece i
1
Fortifications of Greece and Rome 3oo B C to 2oo B C
16
Fortifications of the Levant Rome and Western Europe 2oo B C to 30 B C
21
Fortifications of the Roman Empire
29
Byzantine Fortifications from the Fifth to the Tenth Century
41
Fortifications of Western Europe from the Fifth to the Eleventh Century
50
Rectangular Keeps or Donjons
66
Byzantine and Saracen Fortifications of the Twelfth Century
83
Fortifications and Buildings of the Bailey in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
100
Casdes from about 1190 to 1270
116
Siege Engines and Siege Operations of the Middle Ages
141
Edwardian and Contemporary Castles
153
Towns Fortified Bridges and Towers
170
Gatehouses and Defences of the Curtain during the Thir teenth and Fourteenth Centuries
189
Development of the TowerHouse
210
SixteenthCentury Forts
230

Transitional Keeps of the Twelfth Century
90
Index
237

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