A visual history of fortified structures

Castles A visual history of fortified structures
Format: Paperback / softback, 288 Pages
ISBN: 9781782406204
Publisher: Ivy Press
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Castles takes a uniquely architectural approach to deconstructing all forms of fortification, showing how the work of architect, stonemason, and engineer evolved to repel the increasingly destructive power of artillery. While the classic medieval castle is analyzed in detail, the book addresses a broad chronology of structures—from the most ancient fortified city at Jericho through to the point in the nineteenth century when modern weapons forced armies underground. Castles uses stylish two-tone engravings to dissect a wealth of examples; “anatomies” that annotate classic structures for both their architectural and military significance; and “riches to ruins” features that offer unique comparisons between castles in their pomp as depicted in illuminated manuscripts, and matching color photographs of those same castles as they stand in ruins today. 

The author

Consultant Editor CHARLES STEPHENSON is a historian and writer, whose recent military titles include: Servant to the King for His Fortifications: Paul Ive and the Practise of Fortification;The Admiral's Secret WeaponFortifications of the Channel Islands, 1941-45: Hitler's Impregnable Fortress; and The Fortifications of Malta, 1530-1945 and The Siege of Tsingtau: The German-Japanese War 1914​

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Format: Paperback / softback, 288 Pages
ISBN: 9781782406204
Size: 7.717 in x 9.252 in / 196 mm x 235 mm

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