Scottish Baronial Castles 1250-1450

Scottish Baronial Castles 1250-1450

by Michael Brown, Adam Hook
     
 

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Devastated by the civil wars of the 17th century or by the neglect of their owners, the majority of Scottish baronial castles built between 1250 and 1450 survive as little more than skeletal ruins. These reminders of Scotland's past have captured the imaginations of romantics, artists, writers and tourists since the late 18th century. Often set in spectacular

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Devastated by the civil wars of the 17th century or by the neglect of their owners, the majority of Scottish baronial castles built between 1250 and 1450 survive as little more than skeletal ruins. These reminders of Scotland's past have captured the imaginations of romantics, artists, writers and tourists since the late 18th century. Often set in spectacular surroundings, on cliff-tops, islands, and gorges, their ruined grandeur evokes a medieval world of sieges, banquets and murders, and provides a rare physical link with the Anglo-Scottish wars of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.

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“This is a well-written and well-illustrated look into Scottish fortifications. It is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in fortifications before the age of gunpowder.” —Bolling Smith, The Coast Defense Journal (July 2009)

“Overall, it is an excellent book on a subject that is both historically significant and fascinating to read. It is one I can highly recommend.” —Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (April 2009)

“Not too many books cover the castles of Scotland since so few of them are left which have not been heavily modified after the Middle Ages such as Stirling Castle.The book covers the design and use of a number of the important castles, which were often characterized by their large round towers and other structures. Some were located on heights and islands making them stand out. ...the drawings are excellent recreations of the castles... This work is a good introduction to this period of Scottish history and castles.” —JE Kauffman, siteo.net (May 2009)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782007050
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Series:
Fortress , #82
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
648,364
File size:
27 MB
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Meet the Author

Dr Michael Brown is a lecturer in the Department of Scottish History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His principal interests centre on the political society of Scotland c.1250-1500, the relationships between the various communities of the British Isles during the same period, and the role of the castle in medieval Scotland. His published work includes studies of the practice and ideology of royal and aristocratic lordship in Scotland, warfare in medieval Scotland, and a biography of James I. This is his first book for Osprey Publishing.
Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.

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