Norman Stone Castles (2): Europe, 950-1204

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Following the creation of the Duchy of Normandy, the Normans were soon introduced to the castle and they built them in large numbers. In the mid-11th century, other Norman adventurers began carving out dominions for themselves in Southern Italy: some crossed to Sicily in 1061 and by 1091 had conquered the whole island. As in Normandy, they were keen to assimilate new ideas, including architectural styles, resulting in some striking buildings. This title, a companion to Fortress 13: Norman Stone Castles (1) The ...
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Overview

Following the creation of the Duchy of Normandy, the Normans were soon introduced to the castle and they built them in large numbers. In the mid-11th century, other Norman adventurers began carving out dominions for themselves in Southern Italy: some crossed to Sicily in 1061 and by 1091 had conquered the whole island. As in Normandy, they were keen to assimilate new ideas, including architectural styles, resulting in some striking buildings. This title, a companion to Fortress 13: Norman Stone Castles (1) The British Isles 1066-1216, provides a detailed guide to the castles built in Normandy, Southern Italy and Sicily, covering defensive principles, daily life, the events of siege warfare, and the fate of the castles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841766034
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Fortress Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 819,688
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Gravett is a former Senior Curator at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London, and a recognised authority on the arms, armour and warfare of the medieval world. He has worked as an advisor for numerous TV and film productions, and has written many books for Osprey, including Warrior 1: Norman Night 950-1204 AD. He currently works as a curator at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chronology 7
Normandy
Southern Italy and Sicily
Design and development 9
Normandy
Southern Italy
Sicily
The costs of construction
Tour of a castle: Chateau-Gaillard 22
The principles of defence 28
Life in a Norman castle 33
The castles at war 39
Normandy
Southern Italy and Sicily 39
The fate of the castles 49
Visiting the castles today 52
Normandy
Southern Italy
Sicily
Bibliography 63
Index 64
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