a global history of fortified structures Ancient, Medieval & Modern

Charles Stephenson

Castles takes a unique approach to deconstructing all forms of fortification, showing how the architect, stonemason, and engineer evolved to repel the destructive power of artillery. Using engravings, punctuated by "anatomies" and featuring cross-reference panels, this book provides both a fascinating narrative and an essential visual reference for the general and military historian.

Charles Stevenson is a published military historian, whose books include Germany's Asia-Pacific Empire: Colonialism & Naval Policy 1885-1914 (2009).

The subtitle says it all: This book is not about castles as romantic settings for balls and banquets. Right from the start, we're reminded that a castle is first and foremost a fortification, and that fortification is "the military art, or science, dependent upon how one views it, of strengthening positions against attack." Fascinatingly detailed. - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Expertly designed with numerous photos, maps and schemata, it would please the armchair military historian in your family, or someone who just can't accept the fact that the Lord of the Rings trilogy is over. - The Seattle Times

  • 288 pages
  • H 253mm x W 203mm
  • flexibound
  • full colour throughout
  • 76,000 words
  • Printed ISBN:978-0-312-54140-8

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