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How To Read Castles
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on 5 May 2017
I write scenarios for RPGs and I've been looking for a good reference book on castles. This is it. It gives great detail on lots of examples with drawings and floorplans. It has chapters for towers, chapels, prisons, stairs and a whole load of other features. If you're a DM and looking for a book that helps with castle design then I would definitely recommend this.
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A bit disappointing as I thought it would be about British castle construction but but more international in approach
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on 8 June 2015
This is a novel idea in castle publications, with the book divided into chapters on a variety of subjects, from the function of castles down to details such as stairways. Each of these chapters then looks in broad outline at examples that illustrate the author's point, the examples being taken from all over Europe, although there are more British than any other. It does what it sets out to do: that is, give a brief overview of the different subjects rather than dive into technical and/or academic arguments on them (although the author is well qualified to do this). It has been published in a handy, pocket- or handbag-size, making it easy to take around with one on a visit to a castle and use it as an on-the-spot reference. The illustrations vary: many are fine, line-drawings but the occasional smudgy reproduction of an old print is unwelcome and, once or twice, I was confused about what the illustration was meant to be depicting. A further criticism is that the main chapter headings are printed in such a light grey type that they are not always easy to read. None of these small points should deter castle enthusiasts from purchasing what is a useful, little handbook.
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on 15 October 2016
Superb littl book ...loads of illustrations very well done in sketch form. Very informative. If your interested in castles get it.
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on 10 January 2015
Arrived on time but very poorly packaged in a previously used jiffy bag. My address was handwritten on a scrappy piece of paper stuck to the packet and my name misspelt. The packet was split along one side and was fortunate not to lose the contents.
Apart from all that, a good book, a good read.
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on 5 January 2014
Although I would say it is directed more at those who want to learn about this subject, than those that are well conversed. It is still a pocket sized guide that is worth popping on your shelf. Even for the more knowledgeable, who want to clear a point up. It is 'not' an I-Spy type of guide. So you get no points for spotting what is what. there are no pictures of castles.
It is based on drawings, prints and plans.
Well set out, and easy to find a particular section from the contents.
If you are interested in castles and architecture, what have you got to lose for about a tenner.
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on 29 May 2016
Very interesting and well researched. It ties in very well with my castle colouring books
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on 13 July 2014
A really good book. Easy to understand, well written, and would certainly recommend.
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on 14 January 2015
Pristine copy and arrived very promptly. It was for my son, and he loved it.
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on 20 June 2015
A remarkably clear and up to date treatment. Excellent
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