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Castle (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

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Be an eyewitness to the exciting world of the medieval castle, from the dramatic methods used to defend and attack castles to what life was really like for the people living inside its mighty battlements. See a giant crossbow on wheels. Find out why round towers were better than square ones. Discover what was on the menu at a typical banquet.
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Overview

Be an eyewitness to the exciting world of the medieval castle, from the dramatic methods used to defend and attack castles to what life was really like for the people living inside its mighty battlements. See a giant crossbow on wheels. Find out why round towers were better than square ones. Discover what was on the menu at a typical banquet.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Crisp photographs of art and artifacts from Europe's Middle Ages highlight "Eyewitness Book" overviews of the feudal system from a castle's construction and life. The two-page "displays" are annotated views that include, the manor's lady and lord, Crusaders, and Japan's samurai; in the second, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese fortress homes, medieval livestock-quite different from today's, and carpenters' and cooks' equipment. Knight's a perfect companion book offers descriptions of the warriors, their fighting techniques and flexible fashions- from functional chain mail to decorative body armor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756637699
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 119,467
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

What is a castle? 6
The first castles 8
The great tower 10
Concentric castles 12
Castles on the Loire 14
Castles in Spain 16
Castles in Germany 18
The chapel 22
Laying a siege 24
Men and missiles 26
Tricks of defense 28
The garrison 30
The castle as prison 32
Crusader castles 34
Castles in Japan 36
The great hall 38
The kitchen 40
At the table 42
The entertainers 44
Women and children 46
The lord 48
Fabrics and textiles 50
In the fields 52
Animals in the castle 54
The castle builders 56
The woodworkers 58
Metalwork 60
Castles in decline 62
Did you know? 64
Who's who? 66
Find out more 68
Glossary 70
Index 72
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