Castles of the World

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Palatial structures set in the tranquil green countryside or austere strongholds atop unassailable crags, the castles of the world — so often marked by extravagant architecture, enormous parks, richly furnished rooms, turbulent histories and an aura of legend and mystery — are still landmarks of geography and the collective imagination. Castles tell the history of lands that throughout the centuries have been ravaged by war; they range from centuries-old defensive towers made from bare stone to resplendent ...
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Palatial structures set in the tranquil green countryside or austere strongholds atop unassailable crags, the castles of the world — so often marked by extravagant architecture, enormous parks, richly furnished rooms, turbulent histories and an aura of legend and mystery — are still landmarks of geography and the collective imagination. Castles tell the history of lands that throughout the centuries have been ravaged by war; they range from centuries-old defensive towers made from bare stone to resplendent residences built by 18th- and 19th-century monarchs and magnates.

In the defense or conquest of castles, men have fought and died. To beautify them, legions of artists and architects have been drafted into service; to maintain them, marriages and alliances have been forged between great families and great fortunes. Kings and queens, princes and prelates, aristocrats, favorites and courtiers have inhabited their magnificent rooms; ghosts that live on in memory are said to descend the wide marble staircases, plot vendettas in secret rooms, or dance to ancient melodies before the immense fireplaces of vast salons.

Leafing through the pages of this volume, dwelling on the superb photographs and rich descriptions, is to visit the world's most fascinating castles. To enter these historic buildings, to climb narrow spiral stairs and to pass through ancient chambers and dusty libraries is to embark upon a journey of discovery and to encounter the power and the pageantry, the splendor and the brilliance of a great chapter in our history.

Gianni Guadalupi has worked in the publishing industry as a writer, translator, and editor of anthologies for 30 years, dealing in particular with the literature of real and imaginary voyages. He edits several travel series, including the Impossible Guides. He has published numerous successful works on history and travel, including The Discovery of the Nile (1997), China Revealed (2003), and The Holy Bible (2003). He has also collaborated on The Art of Being a Wolf, The Art of Being a Lion and The Art of Being an Elephant.

Gabriele Reina was born in Lugano, Italy. He studied under a "futurist" architect in Siena, and graduated in Milan with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature and Art History. For a number of years he served as Managing Editor for Franco Maria Ricci, where he and Gianni Guadalupi worked together on several publications. He is currently the curator of one of the leading private art collections in Europe.
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  • ISBN-13: 9788854400979
  • Publisher: White Star Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Pages: 272

Meet the Author

Gianni Guadalupi has worked in the publishing industry as a writer, translator, and editor of anthologies for 30 years, dealing in particular with the literature of real and imaginary voyages. He edits several travel series, including the Impossible Guides. He has published numerous successful works on history and travel, including The Discovery of the Nile (1997), China Revealed (2003), and The Holy Bible (2003). He has also collaborated on The Art of Being a Wolf, The Art of Being a Lion and The Art of Being an Elephant.
 
Gabriele Reina was born in Lugano, Italy. He studied under a "futurist" architect in Siena, and graduated in Milan with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature and Art History. For a number of years he served as Managing Editor for Franco Maria Ricci, where he and Gianni Guadalupi worked together on several publications. He is currently the curator of one of the leading private art collections in Europe.

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