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The Medieval Fortress: Castles, Forts, And Walled Cities Of The Middle Ages

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The great walled castles of the medieval world continue to fascinate the modern world. Today, the remains of medieval forts and walls throughout Europe are popular tourist sites. Unlike many other books on castles, The Medieval Fortress is unique in its comprehensive treatment of these architectural wonders from a military perspective.The Medieval Fortress includes an anal ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 14th 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published 2001)
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Steven
Jan 07, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing
The Medieval Fortress: Castles, Forts, And Walled Cities Of The Middle Ages by J.E. Kaufmann and H.W. Kaufmann is one of the most comprehensive, detailed books on castle architecture in the medieval period. The book is split into five major sections: Elements of Medieval Fortifications, Early Medieval Fortifications, The Age of Castles, Decline of the High Castle Walls, and Medieval Castles and Fortifications (this last section showing detailed architectural plans of a number of castles througho ...more
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Nov 13, 2014 Michael Smith rated it really liked it
This heavily illustrated volume should appeal to students of military history and medieval history generally, and also to wargamers and interested tourists. It opens with a general history of fortifications (mostly but not entirely in Western Europe) from late antiquity to the decline of the high-walled defensive wall with the advent of cannon, discussing every aspect of castle and fortress design in all their variations, and with detailed plans and line drawings on almost every page, as well as ...more
Kevin
Jul 28, 2007 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in European Castles
Shelves: historical
This is one of the most comprehensive castle related books I have ever read.

While other books may talk about the technical end, or may just give you diagrams, or may just give you timelines with photos of other castles - this book gives detailed history of specific castles, the whys, the hows, and couples them with cross referenced diagrams that are easy to understand at just a glance.

This book is a prime resource for anyone interested in the general evolution of European/Medieval Fortresses/Cas
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Feb 13, 2012 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Snail in Danger (Sid) by: Building the Medieval World (Sciacca)
An excellent reference work, especially if you are designing a castle for use in fiction, whether for something written or your tabletop gaming campaign. If authenticity or accuracy is very important, I'd recommend doing further research with the sources listed in the bibliography. This is very reliant on drawings, and the photos are unfortunately all black and white.
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