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Castles: Their Construction and History

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Concise, scholarly survey traces castle development from ancient roots in the Levant, thru Roman times & the Middle Ages. Nearly 200 photos & drawings illustrate moats, keeps, baileys etc. Covers Caernarvon Castle, Dover Castle, Hadrian's Wall, the Tower of London etc. 199 black-&-white illustrations.
The ancient fortresses of Babylon, Mesopotamia, Assyri
Paperback, 255 pages
Published December 1st 1985 by Dover Publications (Mineola, NY) (first published 1939)
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It was informative and interesting. The illustrations were helpful. The book covers the history and fortification of castles from ancient times on through to the 16th century. It would have been better if there had been a glossary to define some of the terms.
Lady of the Lake
Nov 06, 2008 Lady of the Lake rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Castle lovers, history buffs, those doing research on castle construction
Shelves: non-fiction
Fascinating work! No frills to the point of the how and the why of castle construction. From wooden to stone and the reasons why things changed as warfare did. Really a wonderful factual fascinating work with drawings and diagrams.
Philip Athans
Research for historical novel set in the Crusades continues. . . .

A solid overview, but lacking in detail. A good starting point.
This book is unique among castle books as it includes floor plans for many castles.
I bought this years ago as research for a novel. Plans change, though, and I never wrote the novel or read the book. Going through a phase of interest in the Middle Ages now, I finally picked it up.

About half this book is dedicated to describing the layouts of different castles across Europe and "the Levant." (Written in 1939, it has some wonderfully archaic language.) I admit I skimmed those parts, but I still enjoyed the historical facts Toy sprinkles throughout, like the different purposes o
Apryl Anderson
Not exactly a gripping read, but danged fascinating to see the development of defenses and offensive weaponry spanning from 1600 BCE to 1600. I've been extremely fortunate to have lived around the Roman empire, and i regret that i didn't read this book earlier. Traveling backwards and forwards in time without the aid of helpful references gave me a disjointed understanding of what Toy so neatly unravels in these pages. I'm quite jealous of his scholarly purposefulness--what better way to support ...more
Very detailed but tedious
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