Castles of Edward I in Wales 1277-1307

Castles of Edward I in Wales 1277-1307

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by Christopher Gravett, Adam Hook
     
 

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In 1277 Edward I gathered a huge army and marched into Wales to subdue the rebel Welsh princes who continued to raid and pillage English controlled areas of Wales, and even England itself. A key part of his strategy of subjugating and colonizing the Welsh was to erect a castle at every point where his army rested, to provide permanent bases for English garrisons

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In 1277 Edward I gathered a huge army and marched into Wales to subdue the rebel Welsh princes who continued to raid and pillage English controlled areas of Wales, and even England itself. A key part of his strategy of subjugating and colonizing the Welsh was to erect a castle at every point where his army rested, to provide permanent bases for English garrisons and a visual reminder of English power.

This title takes a detailed look at the design, development and principles of defense of the Edwardian Welsh castles, documenting daily life within their walls and the historical events that took place around them. Looking at key sites such as Cardigan, Aberystwyth and Conwy it highlights the varied castle designs ranging from fortifications based on French models to the defenses inspired by Constantinople, illustrated with eight pages of full colour illustrations and cutaway artwork. Chris Gravett provides a clear explanation of why the castles were there, who lived in them and how they were built - crucial reading for anyone interested in some of the most romantic and militarily effective buildings ever created.

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“This book briefly describes the Welsh wars campaigns, and then surveys the castles built or improved by Edward. Further sections...describe life in the castles in peacetime and war... This excellent book on a fascinating subject will engross anyone with the least interest in fortifications before gunpowder.” —Bolling Smith, The Coast Defense Journal (November 2007)

“There are many excellent illustrations including plans, cutaways, and perspective views... This book is a worthy addition to the library of those interested in the development of castles.” —Coastal Defense Fortifications

“Overall it is an excellent addition to the Fortress series and a must read for students of the subject. I found it a fascinating read and I'm positive that you will as well.” —Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (July 2007)

“Christopher Gravett's The Castles of Edward I in Wales 1277-1307 tells of a king's march into Wales to subdue the rebel Welsh princes - an unusal march in which the king had a castle erected wherever his army rested. The design, development and defense strategies of these castles is outlined in a fine book military libraries strong in strategic history will appreciate.” —The Bookwatch (December 2007)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846030277
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/24/2007
Series:
Fortress Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.15(d)

Meet the Author


Chris Gravett is a former Senior Curator at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London, and a recognized authority on the arms, armor, 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 Knight 950-1204 AD. He currently works as a curator at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire. The author lives in Bedfordshire, UK.

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