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French Castles of the Hundred Years War [Hardcover]

Stephane W. Gondoin , Cyril Castellant
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1 May 2007
The Hundred Years War, 1337 to 1453, was the dynastic struggle between the French Capetians and the English Plantaganets and Lancastrians for the throne of a united France. It began as a series of raiding wars fought on French soil and developed into expeditionary wars fuelled by the territorial ambitions of a succession of English Kings, from Edward III to Henry V. This first volume in a new series of illustrated histories of medieval castles provides an in-depth guide to the main castles of the great Capetian kings, from Chateau Gaillard to the Castel de Coucy. The authors are both specialist historians and 3-D illustrators at the peak of their craft. This book represents the product of years of their research and detailed work. Illustrated in full colour throughout, it includes 3-D computer-generated reconstructions of the castles, battle scenes. This (and the subsequent volumes) will provide a complete reinterpretation of the classification of the medieval castle.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Histoire & Collections (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2915239800
  • ISBN-13: 978-2915239805
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 23.1 x 30.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and very informative book 13 Mar 2013
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This is a great book! It has a very attractive apperance, fantastic pictures and illustrations, and gives a good general overview of the different castles invoilved in the hundres years war. It is not very deep in its description of the historic events, but it wets the appetite for learning more about the subject and contains an excellent bibliography. Finally it contains a list of addresses, phone numbers and Internet sites of 47 castles all over France (Belgium and Switzerland) so it can serve as help for planning a trip to the actual sites.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hundres Years War Castles 9 April 2008
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Overall I consider this a very interesting book but with some minor reservations. Firstly some nitpicking. The copy I received does not resemble the advertised item beginning with the title on my copy "Hundred Years War Castles"(Fortresses)as opposed to the advertised "French Castles of the Hundred Years War". I had to check twice to make sure I had received the correct book. The Book cover itself is also completely different with a glossy photo of the Castle of Vitre as opposed to the illustrated Battle scene. This aside, I found the book to be very informative especially in distinguishing between the varying styles of regional castle building and in particular the machicolation say of Brittany when compared to that of the Loire Valley, Provence and the south of France in general. While there is a great 3D reconstruction (Several pages) of a castle in this volume it is the of only one present- that of the castle of Mehun-sur-Yevre at its peak of architectual developement - eat your heart out Walt Disney! The rest of the depictions are glossy photos, pen & ink drawings (Viollet le Duc reconstructions), a few maps and numerous but not absolutely detailed floor plans. A detailed bibliography for further reading is included (Most of it in french!)and many handy internet links including the authors own webpage where there are further 3D reconstructions. Even if you are interested in Castles in general, this would be a handy addition to anyone library. I await to see what additional volumes may contain.
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