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Battle Castles: 500 Years of Knights and Siege Warfare [Hardcover]

Dan Snow
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Book Description

27 Sep 2012

Join TV’s Dan Snow as the fully illustrated ‘Battle Castles’ brings to thrilling life a cavalcade of medieval fortifications and the clashes that turned empires to dust and mortals into legends.

Castles and their ruins still dominate the landscape and are a constant reminder to us of a time when violence, or the threat of it, was the norm.

Dan Snow explores the world’s greatest medieval castles: from Dover Castle to Château Gaillard, Richard I’s fortress in Normandy, and Castillo de Gibalfaro, the last vanguard of Moorish rule in Spain, to Krak des Chevaliers in Syria – an astounding feat of engineering by the Crusaders.

Each castle’s story is dramatically recounted: the building techniques, the weapons used and daily life within the walls. Spanning the globe, and using the latest CGI reconstructions, Dan Snow gets to the very heart of the bloodshed and battles of the greatest fortresses of the Middle Ages.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007455585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007455584
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 19.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dan Snow is an historian who has researched, written and presented several documentaries on British and world history for the BBC including Twentieth Century Battlefields, the BAFTA award-winning Battlefield Britain, which he co-presented with his father Peter Snow, and his BBC2 series on the history of the Royal Navy. His writing has appeared in The Times, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Daily Express and BBC History Magazine. He is the author of Death or Victory - a history of Wolfe's siege of Quebec. Educated at the University of Oxford, he has joint British and Canadian citizenship. He lives in London.

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Review

'An enthralling epic of engineering, blood and battle' Mail on Sunday

'History's coolest expert brings to life some of the bloodiest battles ever fought’ Sun

‘Dan Snow does a fine job of bringing [the sieges] to life' Times

'It has been edited to look like Game of Thrones. Serious historical discovery, however, is what Battle Castle is all about' Guardian

Praise for Death or Victory:

‘This hugely impressive work confirms Dan Snow’s triumphant arrival on the scene. It is by far the best account yet written of a campaign that helped shape North America, and is a fitting tribute on the 250th anniversary of that “wonderful year” 1759' Richard Holmes

‘Dan Snow is perhaps more familiar from television….this, his first book, proves him to be a master military historian. Its grasp of detail is prodigious’ Daily Express

‘Lively and thoughtful…fascinating stuff….one of the book's strengths is its vivid portrayal of the physical backdrop against which the campaign unfolded’ Literary Review

About the Author

Dan Snow is an historian who has researched, written and presented several documentaries on British and world history for the BBC including Twentieth Century Battlefields, the BAFTA award-winning Battlefield Britain, which he co-presented with his father Peter Snow, and his BBC2 series on the history of the Royal Navy. His writing has appeared in The Times, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Daily Express and BBC History Magazine. He is the author of Death or Victory – a history of Wolfe’s siege of Quebec. Educated at the University of Oxford, he has joint British and Canadian citizenship. He lives in London.



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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class 27 Dec 2012
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This is an exciting and informative book which complements the TV series and App perfectly. Excellent choice of castles, well researched and constantly entertaining
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Snow Battle Castles 17 May 2013
By Mrs. Susanne Willshaw VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
here was an exciting book which adds fine detail behind knowledge I piced up in school many years ago. Dan had added facts about the castles I have visited and those after this book I intend to visit I love delving into history and both my husband and I are intereested in the weaponry and how castles survived or not battles amd sieges. A book one can pick up and put down on aregular basis. The photgraphs are brilliant and matched with the TV programme And Dans gift for giving you facts draw the reader in on a quest for more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative and Easy to read 13 July 2014
Format:Hardcover
Great book, very informative and easy to read. Lots of illustrations and interesting details about the various castles, the people who worked on them and the Kings who had them built or modified. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in castles and their construction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle castles 17 Jun 2014
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Great book for all those interested in history and the people involved. Loved the reconstruction photos. This book is great value for money
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watch the dvd 10 April 2014
By GRAEME
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you want just a simple introduction to any of these 5 wonderful 'Battle Castles', then buy the dvd.
If you have seen the tv series; then you do not need this book; you learn nothing new.

The book's contributors are excellent authorities, but the book itself lacks any further analysis or annotated maps.
If you want more detailed information on any of the castles, there are better sources.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 27 Mar 2014
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bought this for my hubby...he loves it. Great as a pick up/put down book. Dip into it as and when you want.
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