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Christopher Gravett , Adam Hook


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4 July 2007 Fortress (Book 64)
In 1277, Edward I gathered a huge army and marched into Wales to subdue the rebel Welsh princes. A key part of his strategy was to erect a castle wherever his army rested. This title takes a detailed look at the design, development and principles of defence of these Welsh castles, documenting daily life within their walls and the historical events that took place around them. Focusing on key sites, it highlights the varied castle designs ranging from fortifications based on French models to the defences inspired by Constantinople, and is illustrated with eight pages of full-colour illustrations and cutaway artwork.


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"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)
"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)
"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)
"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"

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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful survey. 2 Sep 2007
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Christopher Gravett's THE CASTLES OF EDWARD I IN WALES 1277-1307 is also a pick for collections strong in either early English or early military history. It surveys the strategy of one Edward I, who gathered a huge army and marched into Wales to subdue the rebel Welsh princes. His book examines the design, development and principles of defense of these Welsh castles and documents their daily life and events, using key sites and castle designs to provide a powerful survey.
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