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4.0 out of 5 stars Castles: Is a highly detailed and technical study.
As an Army Officer the study of military history is a professional necessity. The book: Castles their Construction and History has proven to be an incredible aid to this end. I am stationed in Europe and use the book as a guide when I travel and explore the castles in Germany, France and Italy. The book is very technical, it wastes some space giving detailed step by step...
Published on 27 Jun. 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally Detailed
I have a lay interest in castle design and associated tactics.

This book scores only three points from me as Mr Toy provides a huge level of detail on the exact measurements of internal walls and external walls in castle after castle. What I found limiting was there was no analysis of the whys or the changing patterns in design to deal with the changing...
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Castles: Is a highly detailed and technical study., 27 Jun. 1998
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This review is from: Castles: Their Construction and History (Dover Architecture) (Paperback)
As an Army Officer the study of military history is a professional necessity. The book: Castles their Construction and History has proven to be an incredible aid to this end. I am stationed in Europe and use the book as a guide when I travel and explore the castles in Germany, France and Italy. The book is very technical, it wastes some space giving detailed step by step descriptions of many castles but the casual reader of history will find the drawings, photos and overviews of history very interesting. The text of the book is rather dull to the non-history buff. It was very useful as a reference book while at the University of Florida.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for medieval castle buffs!, 7 Dec. 2006
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F. E. Mckinney "frank mckinney" (Derby, England) - See all my reviews
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I bought this book many years ago in the US because of my interest in general medieval knowledge and warfare, gained from years of Dungeons & Dragons playing and (of course) movie watching. I learned so many things from this book that would add to the general knowledge of European castles of anyone interested in the subject. I didn't find it boring or repetitive, instead it was fulfilling and packed with useful (possibly nerdy) information. Anyone wanting to get general info on a variety of 'classic' European castles should give this a read. For gamers and roleplayers the book has many floorplans so you can contrast what you see in-game with what an actual castle is really like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally Detailed, 5 Feb. 2014
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I have a lay interest in castle design and associated tactics.

This book scores only three points from me as Mr Toy provides a huge level of detail on the exact measurements of internal walls and external walls in castle after castle. What I found limiting was there was no analysis of the whys or the changing patterns in design to deal with the changing attacking technologogies in general.

If you are researching anything for an academic paper this will probably be very useful. If you're interested in castles as a general reader then less so.

Hats off to his excellent research though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn more about castle evolution..., 3 Jun. 2010
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Now I have read this book I can look at a castle and estimate the period of construction from the shape of the towers, design of the arrow and crossbow slots or rifle loopholes. I now understand why the layout of castles changed over the centuries. This is an excellent book and would recommend it to anyone who has a keen interest in castles and wants to learn more.

The only annoying thing missing from this book is a 'key' explaining some of the terminology, such as Corbel, Machicolation. That said, the book is easy to read for the lay-person and there are only a dozen or so of these terms cropping up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but a bit light on engineering, 10 Jan. 2012
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K. Neale (Somerset, England) - See all my reviews
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I wanted to know more about the design and features of castles through the medieval period, and this book seemed to fit the bill. The good points: easy to ready, well written, takes a reader on a logical journey through castle development and design sources (e.g. from the Middle East) and how these ideas were incorporated into fortifications. Castles have evolved remarkably over time.
The only negative points about this book are: it throws in ideas such as brick course, timber strengthening and so on without actually explaining what they are and how they were constructed (and their specific benefits). Second niggle: a little light on actual full castle plans/schematics.

A very good book in all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty pictures, 5 Feb. 2013
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C. Wood (York, UK) - See all my reviews
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Can't comment on the quality of the text, but the pictures are awesome. I've seen Toy's diagrams used in various other books and he's obviously one of the original sources for architecturally accurate drawings.
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