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Castle Story Paperback – 11 Apr 1991

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st Edition edition (11 April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001841777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001841772
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photographs of the great majority of British castle ruins are annotated and added to with line drawings of the terrain/knights/workers/original walls.etc. which aids understanding and interest. Explanatory diagrams on most pages add understanding, and perspective views from moat/drawbridge/attackers/defenders raise awareness of features of castle building that help in a fuller understansing. The 1979 book is as useful today as it was then. Thoroughly recommended. I got my copy new in 1980: £5.95
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a delightful book with charming pictures ideal or children
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrated guide to the development of English castles. 30 Jan. 1998
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This is an excellent overview of the development of castle architecture and fortifications technology from the dark ages through the wide adoption of gunpowder. The historical narrative is that of English politics, and all the castles described are located within England and Wales, but the general story will be of interest to any medievalist. Sancha's peculiar (in the sense that I've never seen anyone else do it) device is placing drawings atop photographs of existing buildings. Her reconstructions of now-ruined architecture and introductions of people into the pictures effectively draw her readers into the world she wishes to portray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Castles: military enclaves 22 Aug. 2009
By J. Grambo - Published on
Format: Paperback
A fascinating study of castles, utilizing the unusual - and very effective - technique of superimposing pen-and-ink drawings on photos of modern-day existing castle ruins to show what the original structure looked like. Loaded with illustrations, the text brings to life the original reason for building castles: defense against enemies. Extensive architectural drawings are reminiscent of David Macauley's detailed work, though the text is much more advanced than Macauley. The extent of the author's research is stunning. For students and admirers of medieval castles, castle life, architecture, and military weapons and strategy, this book will be a rich resource. Ages 14-adult. Out of print -- If you love old castles, hurry and get one of the last used copies available!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 22 Oct. 2012
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What a fantastic book! I can only really second what the previous two reviewers have said, and it was partly their reviews which led me to hunt down a second-hand copy of the book. After a brief introduction on pre-Norman conquest castles, the book goes through the development of castle building through the reign of each English monarch, discussing the actual castles built in terms of their structure and use. The ink drawings and b/w photographs are very helpful, as is the glossary of castle terminology at the end. An excellent layman's guide to the subject.
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