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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction to the subject, 20 Jun. 2011
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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
.Expenditure
.Construction
Principles of defence – p20
.16th century fortification theory
.17th century theories of defence and attack
.Defensive fortifications
.Weaponry
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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