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The Castles of Henry VIII (Fortress Book 66) by [Harrington, Peter]
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"Perhaps because the extant remains and the written documentation for these castles are more extensive, this book does not emphasize archeology, instead concentrating on the narrative story. The book is so well writeen that the result is one of the most enjoyable books in this series. I unreservedly recommend this book to anyone." -Bolling Smith, "The Coast Defense Journal "(November 2007)
"This book follows the standard organization used with most of the Fortress series, and that includes a list of these forts that can still be visited. The author, who did an earlier book in the series, also did a fine job on this one... Those interested in following how the castle evolved into the more post-medieval fort will certainly find this a book worth having." -Joe Kauffman, "SITEO Newsletter" (October 2007)
"It is a superb book on the subject and one that I can recommend to you without reservation." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com "(September 2007)

Perhaps because the extant remains and the written documentation for these castles are more extensive, this book does not emphasize archeology, instead concentrating on the narrative story. The book is so well writeen that the result is one of the most enjoyable books in this series. I unreservedly recommend this book to anyone. "Bolling Smith, The Coast Defense Journal (November 2007)"

This book follows the standard organization used with most of the Fortress series, and that includes a list of these forts that can still be visited. The author, who did an earlier book in the series, also did a fine job on this one... Those interested in following how the castle evolved into the more post-medieval fort will certainly find this a book worth having. "Joe Kauffman, SITEO Newsletter (October 2007)"

It is a superb book on the subject and one that I can recommend to you without reservation. "Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (September 2007)""

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. Brian Delf began his career working in a London art studio producing artwork for advertising and commercial publications. Since 1972, he has worked as a freelance illustrator on a variety of subjects including natural history, architecture and technical cutaways. His illlistrations have been published in over thirty countries. Brian lives and works in Oxfordshire.

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (12 April 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CBF09XA
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 13 May 2011
Format: Paperback
I don't know if it is familiarity with the period and subject, but this volume seemed to be more readable than most in this series. It is an interesting and informative survey of the collection of castles and related fortifications built by Henry VIII in response to the threat of invasion form the continent - brought about by Henry's various policies, both domestic and foreign. Because it has such a narrow subject, it seems more cohesive than many volumes in this series. We are able to get a picture - literally and figuratively - of the gestation, birth, early life, short career and extremely long old age of the subject(s), with excellent illustrations. Although never put to the test of facing off an invasion at the time, apart from observing one major sea-battle (and the loss of the Mary Rose in the background of one illustration), they were constantly tinkered with during the reign of Elizabeth and Charles I, and again during the Napoleonic Wars. They were back in service as observation posts in the First and Second World Wars, and the many survivors have now finally retired into the service of the National Trust.

The castles did see action during the English Civil Wars, where some conspicuously failed to defend themselves, while others stood out for a considerable time. The author's assessment is that the castles would not have been very effective against a determined French siege, but to me, the evidence he presents shows that the determination of the defenders was the most important aspect of the strength of the defence. Also, if the French were left undisturbed for several weeks to besiege a castle, then I would suggest that the war would have been as good as lost. Despite that one point, however, this is a five-star book.
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By aoife on 17 Feb. 2014
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Detailed overview of the subject, clear diagrams, easy style but is a slim book and so it doesn't take long to read.
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