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The Castles of Edward I in Wales 1277-1307 (Fortress) Paperback – 4 Jul 2007


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (4 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846030277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846030277
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Chris Gravett is a former Senior Curator at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London, and a recognized authority on the arms, armor, and warfare of the medieval world. He has worked as an advisor for numerous TV and film productions, and has written many books for Osprey, including Warrior 1: " Norman Knight 950-1204 AD." He currently works as a curator at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire. The author lives in Bedfordshire, UK.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 29 April 2014
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Gravett does an admirable job of introducing the reader to the military aspects of castle architecture. The book is well-stocked with photographs and Adam Hook provides valuable cut-away illustrations that depict the construction of a castle, as well as a castle under assault.

The true strength of the book comes in its chapters on castle design and functionality. Gravett clearly has a firm grasp of the military defences of the castles, and he is able to convey this to the reader vividly. The sheer magnitude of the castle defences and the ingenuity of the castle architects come across clearly and compellingly. The connections drawn between Edward's castles in Wales and other structures in western Europe, and the role played by master builders such as Master James of St. George are especially interesting and enlightening.

Overall, the book serves as a useful introduction to the major castles built by Edward I in Wales, and it does a good job of giving the reader a sense of the scale, complexity, and military power of the structures. Recommended.
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A powerful survey. 2 Sept. 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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