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Castles and Fortresses

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Book by Oggins, Robin S.
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by MetroBooks (NY)
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Sarai Review
So you thought a man's home was his castle, eh? In fact, it was more likely to have been his fortress. Built as military strongholds by noblemen to protect against enemy invaders and rebellious citizenry, early castles of the 9th century were cold, dark stone bastions. It wasn't until the 15th century that castles began functioning as more lavish living quarters--increasing in size and interior ornamentation. Robbin Oggins's sampling of castles, as well as palaces and castle rui
As a university professor, Robin Oggins always illustrated his lectures with slides and photographs of the many places he discussed. Curiously, many of these photos are NOT from his slides and seem more organized with less interpretation and relevance.
I used to study this book intently. Loved the differences between castles in different countries. The architecture was stunning (!!).
Michael Heath-Caldwell
Interesting book on castles in Europe.
Tom Menke
beautiful pictures
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