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English Civil War Fortifications 1642-51 (Fortress Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Harrington , Donato Spedaliere
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The techniques of European warfare were transformed during the 15th and 16th centuries by the use of gunpowder and by substantial progress in the effectiveness and destructive power of artillery. The series of conflicts in the 1640s, known collectively as the English Civil War, was the first in the British Isles that reflected this new reality. Sieges that aimed at isolating and reducing fortified places became the dominant instrument for prosecuting the war and protective fortifications were vital, for both the besieged as well as the besieger. This title describes how both the Parliamentarians and the Royalists made use of new fortification techniques throughout the course of this conflict.

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About the Author

Peter Harrington runs the photographic collection of the Anne S.K. Brown University Library in Providence, Rhode Island. His is a well respected military writer and is author of a number of works. Donato Spedaliere was born in 1967 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and moved to Tuscany at the age of 10, where he still lives. Having studied at the Instituto Nazionale di Belle Arti in Florence he served in the Italian Army as a paratrooper. Sarah Sulemsohn Spedaliere was born in Romania in 1952. At the age of 10 her family emigrated to Israel. Following a degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Sarah lectured at the University of Florence as well as completing an architecture degree in 1994. Since 1998 she has worked at Alina Ilustrazioni, which she founded with her husband Donato.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4094 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (12 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction to the subject 20 Jun. 2011
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is an excellent introduction to the subject, explaining the purpose, function and use of the various components of civil war fortifications. If you have read about ECW campaigns, this will give you insight into the siege process. Contemporary and modern authorities are comprehensively discussed; there are many good colour and monochrome photographs and illustrations provided

Introduction – p4
Chronology of sieges and battles – p8
Design and development – p10
Principles of defence – p20
.16th century fortification theory
.17th century theories of defence and attack
.Defensive fortifications
Tour of the fortifications – p32
.Defensive fortifications
.Offensive fortifications
The living site – p40
The sites in war – p48
Aftermath – p56
The sites today – p58
Bibliography, Glossary of fortification terms, Index – pp62-64

Colour Plates:
1. Map showing ‘a selection of sites fortified or besieged between 1642 and 1652’.
2. The refortification of the walls of Chester.
3. A view of the Queen’s Sconce outside Newark-on-Trent – 2 pages.
4. Work in progress on the fortifications of Donnington Castle, Newbury.
5. Troops besieging a fortified place – ¾ page.
6. A siege battery in operation.
7. Constructing the ‘Lines of Communication’ around London, with a view of Fort No. 22.
8. The storming of Basing House – 14th October 1645.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview 25 Nov. 2013
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Another good Osprey title, as usual a lot of in-depth detail backed up with illuminating illustrations. The perfect reference book on Civil war fortifications. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched volume with just about everything you would like to know about English Civil War Fortifications 10 Dec. 2013
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I have been very pleased with and impressed with the quality of Osprey publications. The Fortress series is focused on military fortifications. English Civil War Fortifications (Fortress Volume 9) includes the chronology of sieges and battles, design and development, principles of defense, tour of the fortifications, the living site and the sites in war, aftermath, the site today and bibliography with maps, charts and illustrations.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference! 12 Mar. 2007
By Joseph J. Erickson - Published on
Great as always,Osprey delves deep into specific details and examples of military and historical information.I own many Osprey titles and they just keep getting better!! Recommended for English Civil War enthusiasts!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much on earthen fortifications 12 Feb. 2011
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I find it hard to believe that so much of this book was about the earth trenches dug around castles and cities during the Civil War. While those should certainly be discussed, I found it odd that the castles and old walls themselves got almost no coverage in this book. Where were cannons placed in the old Castles? What was the usual strength and number of cannons? How and why did the old stone walls hold up so well against 17th century cannons? These were all questions this book should have discussed, instead of merely the earth fortifications surrounding the castles, which the author even mentions at the end of the book as having a limiting effect on most sieges.
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