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Beaumaris Castle Paperback – 1 Jan 1999

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cadw Welsh Historic Monuments; 5Rev Ed edition (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857602080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857602081
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 20.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,272,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although King Edward I may have contemplated a new castle on Anglesey in 1283 - when work had just started at the great strongholds at Harlech, Caernarfon and Conwy - the construction of Beaumaris only began after the revolt of Madog ap Llywelyn in 1294-5. Edward's master mason, James of St George, over saw the building of the castle to a concentric - walls within walls - plan that took full advantage of the coastal site. If it had been completed, the castle would have combined formidable defences with sophisticated suites of accommodation, but the king's attention was soon diverted elsewhere and Beaumaris stands as an unfinished masterpiece of medieval architecture. A tour of the castle follows a survey of its history in this 40-page guidebook, and it is illustrated in full colour with a mixture of specially commissioned photographs and reconstruction drawings, historical documents and images, and maps and plans.

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By Oranmhor on 14 April 2013
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A delight to read and to look at - highly recommended. The text by Taylor is not new but the presentation is.
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By Jane on 11 Dec 2014
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Good for visitors to the castle 18 July 2012
By Arthur Digbee - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book combines a guide for walking around Beaumaris Castle (Anglesey, Wales, United Kingdom) with a history of the castle. The history is a little shorter than some of the other titles in this series, but still good. The book is liberally illustrated.

If you're planning a visit to Beaumaris, this is very helpful. I'm not sure the history presented here is full enough to warrant reading this book if you're not visiting.
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An illustrated guide and history 30 Aug 2010
By Michael A. Torregrossa - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked this up during a trip to Wales but did not get to visit the site. Accompanied by full-color photographs, drawings, and reproductions of historical documents, this guidebook to Beaumaris Castle (begun 1295 under the direction of mason-engineer James of St George [featured in David MacAuley's Castle, also on DVD as Castle (Hosted by David Macaulay)]), Beaumaris, Wales, presents an in-depth history (from the Middle Ages to modern times) and virtual tour of the site. The book was revised by Taylor in 2007 as Beaumaris Castle.
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