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Castles by Sidney Toy
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Mar 01, 10

bookshelves: fiction
Read in March, 2010

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 of the Black Tower in Turkey, that during the Crusades, Philip II had a trebuchet named "bad neighbor," and what an oubliette was. (Honestly, I thought the writers of The Labyrinth had just made that word up.)

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