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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (22 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841765570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841765570
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Stephen Turnbull is recognised as one of the world's foremost military historians of the medieval and early modern periods. He first rose to prominence as a result of his book published in 1977, The Samurai: A Military History. Since then he has achieved equal fame in writing about European military subjects and has had over 30 books published. Peter Dennis was born in 1950 and, having been inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn, studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. He has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is also a keen wargamer and modelmaker.


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This is a mostly good overview overview of the Teutonic Knights' castles in Prussia over a period exceeding two centuries (1230 to 1466). Given the period covered, it cannot be more than an over view and it would be somewhat unfair to expect more from this Osprey Fortress volume than what it can deliver.

Accordingly, only a selection of castles is presented in various degrees of detail, although some 28 are listed in the little gazette at the end of the volume. However, the maps locating most of these castles are also useful as they serve to illustrate both the Order's "control by castle" system and how this system expanded over time.

More generally, this book, however much constrained by the size limit imposed on the author's, makes most of the main points. The first castles were in timber, both because timber castles were cheaper and faster to build and because stone was not available locally. When these timber castles were replaced by more permanent structures, these were built in brick, for the same reason. The control by castle system is well presented, with the crucial role played by rivers and promontories and the successive lines of castles as the Order's conquests moved further east and north. The evolution of these castles, from timber to brick and from relatively simple castles to complex fortresses integrated with their associated towns, such as Marienburg or Thorn (both superbly illustrated) is also well described.

Another series of good points are those made when discussing the multiple roles played by these castles as hospitals, convents, economic and population centres in addition to their military roles.
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Very different from the castles of Western Europe, we see how these castles and the Teutonic Knights develope to their zenith as a strong power on the baltic coast, only to gradually decline into ignominy and eventually create the basis for Prussia. the last crusaders in europe, the conversion of the last pagans in Europe deprived them of the official reason for their existence, but the institution continued well beyond its use by date.
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The perfect companion for all history buffs is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

A good introduction work to the Baltic crusader castles of the Teutonic knights, well worth the investment. This is the first of a two part series on the subject. Highly recommended for layman and students alike.
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HASH(0x92bbd03c) out of 5 stars Good Overview 28 April 2004
By Margaret A. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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After the Crusades, a new order of Military Knights started in Germany. Created by a group of German Merchants for the care of countrymen who had been at the siege of Acre and had suffered, they started with makeshift hospitals for their care.
From this arose the Teutonic Order. Never having seen battle in the Holy Land, their Crusade was against the pagans in Prussia. Their weapon... red-brick castles.
This book outlines the Teutonic Order, its origins, and the campaigns they waged in the areas of Prussia and Poland
These castles remain today as a memorial to the Order and the battles they fought and the lands they claimed. The book outlines the building of these fortresses, their designs and layouts, how they were used, and how the Teutonic Knights operated their campaigns.
The material is easy to follow, very descriptive in the campaigns and military strategies and historical details. This, accompanied by color and black and white photos of the castles, the surrounding areas, contemporary art depicting the Knights, and wonderfully detailed maps make this a book easy to understand and a good reference guide for the Order and the time period covered.
The author provides insights into the areas discussed, in everyday life as well as military references. This gives you a good grasp on the culture and background. He also provides key dates, important names and places.
There is a list in the back of the book of the important Prussian castles that have survived to the present day and their locations. There is a bibliography and a glossary of terms, important to help you understand some of the German titles and words. And there is an index for quick reference.
Worth noting are the detailed illustrations of castle layouts, battle scene illustrations and some wonderful photography of the actual castles, some intact, others of the remains. Overall, this makes for a fine book to familiarize yourself with the topic or to use as reference to include this in your studies of the time, the castles, or the Teutonic Order. A very good overview of the topic. medievalcrusadesbabe
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92c656b4) out of 5 stars The history of Teutonic castles in modern-day Poland 12 April 2004
By Richard Brzostek - Published on Amazon.com
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"Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (1): The Red-brick Castles of Prussia 1230-1466" by Stephen Turnbull and illustrated by Peter Dennis concisely describes various aspects of Teutonic castles that are located in modern-day Poland. The history and transformation of the Teutonic castles from wooden forts to red-brick castles is described. Furthermore, the history of the rise and fall of the Teutonic Knights is covered.
Maps with the location of the Teutonic castles, color and black-and-white photographs of various Teutonic castles, several color illustrations, and a couple of floor plans make a vivid picture of the topic. The color illustrations are fantastic and breathtaking, filling one with awe at the splendor these castles possessed.
First published in 2003, this 64 page book serves as an excellent overview of the history of the Teutonic Knights' castles that are located in modern Poland. The book does discuss some of the Teutonic castles outside of the borders of Poland, however that is not its emphasis. The castles outside of Poland are to be reviewed in part 2 of the book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92a392a0) out of 5 stars Good, but... 17 Mar. 2005
By J. Brewster - Published on Amazon.com
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I have just reviewed three Osprey books, and found one excellent, one terrible, and this one, which actually is very good but very annoying too. Stephen Turnbull knows his stuff and does writes well, which you expect from an Osprey veteran like him, so this is interesting information on an unusual subject, as far as it goes, I wish I had it when I was visiting Poland where it would have been invaluable. But this book is only half the length is seems. The captions on the pictures and the artwork are simply pasted from the text word for word. The chapters often repeat each other. For a short book this is really frustrating. I think Osprey has become a victim of its own format. Here they cannot talk about the history of the castles as that would be the Campaign series; they cannot talk about the knights themselves as that would be their Warrior series. Instead they just repeat themselves and put in a lot of filler. What a shame, as more maps would have been nice, or larger plans of the castles, or if they could have just made the pictures larger I would have been happy. But the repetition mars a good book; I recommend this book, as there's nothing else like it, but you will grit your teeth often enough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92fcda80) out of 5 stars Mostly good overview of Teutonic castles in Prussia 11 Jun. 2013
By JPS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a mostly good overview overview of the Teutonic Knights' castles in Prussia over a period exceeding two centuries (1230 to 1466). Given the period covered, it cannot be more than an over view and it would be somewhat unfair to expect more from this Osprey Fortress volume than what it can deliver.

Accordingly, only a selection of castles is presented in various degrees of detail, although some 28 are listed in the little gazette at the end of the volume. However, the maps locating most of these castles are also useful as they serve to illustrate both the Order's "control by castle" system and how this system expanded over time.

More generally, this book, however much constrained by the size limit imposed on the author's, makes most of the main points. The first castles were in timber, both because timber castles were cheaper and faster to build and because stone was not available locally. When these timber castles were replaced by more permanent structures, these were built in brick, for the same reason. The control by castle system is well presented, with the crucial role played by rivers and promontories and the successive lines of castles as the Order's conquests moved further east and north. The evolution of these castles, from timber to brick and from relatively simple castles to complex fortresses integrated with their associated towns, such as Marienburg or Thorn (both superbly illustrated) is also well described.

Another series of good points are those made when discussing the multiple roles played by these castles as hospitals, convents, economic and population centres in addition to their military roles. Over time, many of them became the nucleus around which German immigrants and local populations subject to the Order settled in fortified towns.

The military role of these castles is also well summarized and the book makes it quite clear that, in the absence of these well-provisioned - a number of fortresses had two years of provisions - and well-located fortresses, the Teutonic Order would simply never have conquered so much, neither would it have been able to ensure for so long given that it was at most times heavily outnumbered.

I do have one reservation, however, which I will also make in the second volume on Teutonic castles (the stone castles in Livonia). As another reviewer noted, it is a shame that the author saw fit to duplicate pieces of the core text when commenting the various pictures and plates presented. This duplication is especially regrettable since space in these Osprey titles is at such a premium. Four stars.
HASH(0x92a6a0cc) out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Dec. 2014
By John William Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent addition to the series.
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