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"Clearly labeled diagrams; a detailed, complete, and informative glossary; and the use of full-color spreads to bring the buildings and their inhabitants or parishioners to like make these excellent additions."
—School Library Journal
"No mere colorization of the black-and-white originals of the first two books [Castle and Cathedral](thank goodness!), the all-new, often breathtaking images have been drawn by hand and then digitally colored."
—Kirkus, starred review
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Castles have long held a strong interest in the imaginations of children and adults. Macaulay presents the construction of a fictional castle in Wales during the eleventh century that draws on historical accounts and examples of authentic castles in and around Great Britain. Beginning with the plans conceived by the fictional Lord Kevin, Macaulay guides the reader through each process of building a castle, including locating a suitably defensible position for the castle. The author not only details how the castle is built, but spends more than sufficient text explaining the duties of the many people who built the castle. The text continues with a description of the castle’s defenses, the living quarters for the castle inhabitants, and the creation of a town to support the castle. The architectural and historical details provided are endlessly fascinating and the color drawings add a tremendous amount of detail to the text. The text is an update of a book by the same title written in the late 1970s. The illustrations will appeal to children interested in castles and history and the text provides a great deal of information for anyone interested in medieval history. Reviewer: Danielle Williams; Ages 10 up.
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* "No mere colorization of the black-and-white originals of the first two books [Castle and Cathedral](thank goodness!), the all-new, often breathtaking images have been drawn by hand and then digitally colored."—Kirkus, starred review