Norman Stone Castles: The British Isles ,1066-1216

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Osprey Publishing, 2003 - History - 64 pages
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Descended from the Viking raiders who settled in Northern France under the leadership of Rollo in around 911, the Normans were amongst the most feared warriors of their time. Their territorial ambitions culminated in Duke William 1's conquest of England in 1066, but although victory at Hastings left the English crown in William's hands, Norman sovereignty remained far from established on the island. In order to consolidate his position, the new king built a series of fortifications across the country - this book covers all these developments from the early days of William I through to the fortifications of Henry II, Richard I and John.
  

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Contents

Introduction
4
Chronology
9
Design and development
10
Dover
23
The principles of defence
29
Life in a Norman castle
35
Siege warfare
43
The fate of the castles
52
Visiting the castles today
54
Bibliography
60
Glossary
62
Index
64
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About the author (2003)

Christopher Gravett is Senior Curator at the Royal Armouries and a recognised authority on the arms, armour and warfare of the medieval world. He has worked as an advisor for numerous TV and Film productions. His previous Osprey titles include Elite 17: ‘Knights at Tournament’, Warrior 1: ‘Norman Knight 950-1204 AD’ and Campaign 13: ‘Hastings 1066’.

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