Anatomy of the Castle

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The meaty written content lifts this attractive text, with its many good quality color photos of castles in western and eastern Europe, the Crusader states, and the Arabian peninsula, above the status of the coffee table. Gibson, a career soldier in England, provides competent, detailed descriptions of how castles work, how changes in construction reflect changes in artillery methods, and what life was like inside. The military history is provided of individual castles and the regions they protected.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586631949
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/1901
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Evolution of Fortifications: What Is a Castle?; The Evolution of Fortified Settlements; Warfare in the Classical World; Siege Warfare 6
Gatefold feature: Strategic Siting
1. The First Castles: Roman Castles; Motte-and-Bailey Castles; The Norman Keep 34
Photo features: Richmond Castle; The Tower of London;
Feature: Inside a Norman Keep
2. Crusader Castles and Their Legacy: The Holy Land; The Reconquest of Spain; Crusades in France and Eastern Europe 54
Photo feature: Coca Castle
Gatefold feature: The Krak des Chevaliers
3. The High Point of the Castle: Western Europe's Castle Builders; Major Design Features 84
Photo features: Dover Castle; Raglan Castle
Gatefold feature: Fortifications on the Rhine and Mosel
4. Change, Decline and Renewal: The Age of the Siege Cannon; Scotland and Ireland; Looking Eastward; The Rise of the Artillery Fort 138
5. Inside the Castle Walls: Living in the Medieval Castle; Recreation and Leisure 160
Photo feature: Schloss Burg
6. The End of it All 176
Gatefold feature: From Castle to Castle-mansion
The Principles of War 200
Glossary 202
Index 205
Bibliography 208
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