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Intricate and meticulous illustrations bring history to life in this wide-ranging castle tour that covers both the majestic splendour of the great halls and the hardships of living in a feudal society - from the building of a castle to shopping in a medieval marketplace. A magnificent 8-page gatefold opens up to a cutaway view of the castle — both inside and out — and lets viewers get an up-close view of all the rooms and people going about their everyday tasks. Includes an ...

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Overview

Intricate and meticulous illustrations bring history to life in this wide-ranging castle tour that covers both the majestic splendour of the great halls and the hardships of living in a feudal society - from the building of a castle to shopping in a medieval marketplace. A magnificent 8-page gatefold opens up to a cutaway view of the castle — both inside and out — and lets viewers get an up-close view of all the rooms and people going about their everyday tasks. Includes an illustrated glossary and index.

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An approachable, comprehensive, clearly illustrated overview of medieval European (and a few Near Eastern) castles. The book's strengths are its well-organized format and careful balance of text and illustrations.

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Gr 3-9-An approachable, comprehensive, clearly illustrated overview of medieval European (and a few Near Eastern) castles. The book's strengths are its well-organized format and careful balance of text and illustrations. Steele touches on almost every facet of castle construction, inhabitants, celebrations, and rituals, as well as more mundane topics such as sanitation and the kitchen. He gives an excellent, yet simple description of the steps to becoming a knight, the correct way to behave at a banquet, and the roles of peasants. Full-color photographs of realia, period art reproductions, and drawings combine with highlighted or bold text to keep the eye flowing from one page to the next. A four-page foldout of a castle and its environs add distinction to the book. The glossary is well formatted, and an index and illustrated timeline of castles from A.D. 476-1453 make this title a sound choice for young researchers.-Joan Soulliere, Wenham Public Library, MA
Ilene Cooper
Librarians and teachers will find the format here familiar: oversize and heavily illustrated, with captions providing a good deal of the information. Still, this offering is particularly well designed and accessible, and although it is "an overview, lots of topics are covered, among them, chivalry, feast days, jousts, armor, and sieges. A four-page foldout shows the castle inside out. Nothing new, but quite attractive and always useful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856975476
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 4/15/1995
  • Series: Single Subject Reference Series
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.96 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Steele has a passion for writing about history. He is a well-known author of more than one hundred children's books, including Castles, Pirates, Knights, The Best Book of Mummies, The World of Pirates, and The World of Castles. He was a student of medieval French and German literature, and has visited castles in England, France, Germany, Spain, and Poland. He has travelled to the Valley of the Kings and other sites of Ancient Egypt, and has met mummies face to face in the Cairo Museum. Philip now lives near Beaumaris and the other great castles of North Wales.

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