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Castles & fortifications

See below for a selection of the latest books from Castles & fortifications category. Presented with a red border are the Castles & fortifications books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Castles & fortifications books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Castles Of The Samurai: Power And Beauty

Castles Of The Samurai: Power And Beauty

Author: Jennifer Mitchelhill, David Green Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2020

The Castles of Japan are both technical and aesthetic marvels. They are technical marvels in that they are perfectly suited to their roles of defensive fortresses and administrative centers in time of war. They are aesthetic marvels in that every curve and line reflects an extraordinary sense of beauty. How these castles came about, how they were built, and what their ultimate fate was, all this is depicted in sensitive prose and eye-opening photography. The book is divided into four parts. The first deals with the question of who built these castles and why, taking a

The Eagle's Nest Ismaili Castles in Iran and Syria

The Eagle's Nest Ismaili Castles in Iran and Syria

Author: Peter Willey Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/12/2019

Magnificent castles and fortresses in remote, mountainous regions were built for refuge by the Ismaili Muslims of Iran and Syria fleeing from persecution during the early middle ages. Often superior in construction to those built by the Crusaders, these castles withstood numerous offensives for over two centuries until the middle of the 13th century when most were captured and demolished by the Mongols. In his new book Peter Willey describes the discoveries he made during the course of more than 20 expeditions to these Ismaili sites spanning the past forty years. The book is exceptionally well illustrated with photographs, maps and plans. As well as being a piece of original scholarship, it is also a readable personal account of the challenges encountered in expeditions to remote, inaccessible and often hazardous locations.

Tiny Castles

Tiny Castles

Author: Dixe Wills Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Praised by BBC Countryfile Magazine for writing `intelligently and amusingly, with evident excitement and imagination', Dixe Wills unleashes his trademark style on the tiniest castles in Britain. Beautifully presented in full colour throughout, the book uncovers over 60 of the country's loveliest and most compelling castles. No crumbling ruins are included here - only only relatively complete castles with enough features intact to explore and enjoy are listed, although all are delightfully diminutive. From Henry VIII's beautifully preserved St Mawes Castle in Cornwall to Scalloway Castle in Shetland, where it is said the blood and hair of the cruel Earl Patrick's tenants were used in the mortar, many of these tiny fortresses occupy a unique place in history. Each entry features information on how to get there using public transport, when best to visit the attraction, a concise round-up of its history and any must-see features.

Cardiff Castle and the Marquesses of Bute

Cardiff Castle and the Marquesses of Bute

Author: Matthew Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Cardiff Castle is a major Roman, Norman and medieval survival, but what sets it apart is its extraordinary redevelopment during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, culminating in the fairytale Gothic Revival extravagances we see today. In this sumptuous illustrated study of the past 250 years of its history, the castle's curator, Matthew Williams, celebrates this reinvention, which was led by several generations of the wealthy Bute family. Eighteenth-century building and landscape work by the renowned landscape designer 'Capability' Brown and the architect Henry Holland was followed by William Burges' fantastical transformation in the nineteenth century, together creating what is now one of the most iconic and popular buildings in Wales.

Ruins and Follies of East Anglia

Ruins and Follies of East Anglia

Author: Edward Couzens-Lake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2019

This book takes an affectionate journey around some of the atmospheric and occasionally mysterious ruins and follies that can be found in East Anglia. It might be a building that has a particular historical, cultural or other significant interest but which is, at the time of writing, in such a state of disrepair that its restoration is either impractical or unlikely - or, in the cases of particularly old buildings, for example castles, not a consideration for obvious reasons. Or it might be a folly, a building that is still wholly complete and standing but was solely constructed for ornamental purposes and often for no practical use other than for the planners involved to 'prove' that it could be done. With a design that is often deliberately eye-catching, eccentric or even controversial in appearance, Edward Couzens-Lake investigates the reasons for this quirk, looking at, for example, the Victorian 'fashion' for making buildings that had a utilitarian purpose, such as workhouses or water towers, as ornamental in design as possible. Featuring forty-five such sites that fit into those descriptions, together with an accompanying set of photographs, each ruin or folly selected will include a concise and informative narrative relating to the reasons for its construction, its history and, where relevant, its present day function. Edward Couzens-Lake also looks at the future of some of the ruins and follies featured - do they have a future? Are they under threat? Might they eventually be lost to the landscape altogether, or do they have a function to play in the modern world? This charming and fascinating book looks to answer some of these questions.

Friedrichstein Das Schloss der Grafen von Doenhoff in Ostpreussen

Friedrichstein Das Schloss der Grafen von Doenhoff in Ostpreussen

Author: Kilian Heck Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2019

Schloss Friedrichstein, im fruhen 18. Jahrhundert als Familiensitz der Grafen Doenhoff erbaut, war eines der prachtigsten unter den Schloessern Ostpreussens. Die zweite Auflage von Friedrichstein bietet neben neu aufgetauchten Quellen (wie etwa dem Fluchtbericht des letzten Schlossbewohners Graf Dietrich Doenhoff) und einer UEberarbeitung aller Texte unter Berucksichtigung aktuellster Forschungsergebnisse, drei neue Beitrage sowie eine digitale Auferstehung des Schlosses im Rahmen des deutsch-polnisch-russischen Forschungsprojekts Virtuelle Rekonstruktionen in transnationalen Forschungsumgebungen des Marburger Herder-Instituts. Zahlreiche neue Abbildungen, darunter digitale Rekonstruktionen der Schlossanlage in ihrer heutigen Umgebung, eroeffnen einen Blick auf eine beinahe verloren gegangene Architektur und Inneneinrichtung.

The Fortifications of Nafplio

The Fortifications of Nafplio

Author: Allan Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2019

Castrum to Castle Classical to Medieval Fortifications in the Lands of the Western Roman Empire

Castrum to Castle Classical to Medieval Fortifications in the Lands of the Western Roman Empire

Author: Kaufmann, J E, Kaufmann, H W Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

For over a thousand years, from the time of the Roman Empire to the classic period of castle-building in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, fortified sites played a key role in European warfare. This highly illustrated history gives a fascinating insight into their design and development and into the centuries of violence and conflict they were part of. The study traces the evolution of fortifications starting with those of the Romans and their successors. Included are the defences erected to resist Islamic invasions and Viking raids and the castles that were built during outbreaks of warfare. As the authors demonstrate, castles and other fortifications were essential factors in military calculations and campaigns - they were of direct strategic and tactical importance wherever there was an attempt to take or hold territory. The factors that influenced their location, layout and construction are analysed, as is the way in which they were adapted to meet the challenges of new tactics and weapons.

Forts An illustrated history of building for defence

Forts An illustrated history of building for defence

Author: The National Archives, Jeremy (University of Exeter, UK) Black Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2018

Ever since humans began to live together in settlements they have felt the need to organise some kind of defence against potentially hostile neighbours. Many of the earliest city states were built as walled towns, and during the medieval era, stone castles were built both as symbols of the defenders' strength and as protection against potential attack. The advent of cannon prompted fortifications to become lower, denser and more complex, and the forts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries could appear like snowflakes in their complexity and beautiful geometry. Without forts, the history of America could have taken a very different course, pirates could have sailed the seas unchecked, and Britain itself could have been successfully invaded. This book explains the history of human fortifications, and is beautifully illustrated using photographs, plans, drawings and maps to explain why they were built, their various functions and their immense historical legacy in laying the foundations of empire.

How To Read Castles

How To Read Castles

Author: Malcolm Hislop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

How to Read Castles is a travel-sized primer that takes a strictly visual approach to castle architecture, building up the reader's vocabulary of castle types, styles, and materials, and showing how these aspects can be recognized across architectural features from the floor-plan and moat, to the towers and crenulations. Focusing on the period from the 10th to the 16th century, and crusading across the globe from a Welsh motte-and-bailey to a Japanese hirajiro, this is both architectural reference and visitor guide-showing the reader how to read the stories embedded in every castle's stones. Castles once dominated the landscape as seats of power and symbols of wealth and status, providing a means of control over borders, passes, routes and rivers. Armed with this book you will be able to unpick their histories and see how they shaped the land around them. From rugged coastline defences to soaring mountain fortresses, this book takes the reader on an international journey of discovery, exploring some of the most inspiring and impressive architecture history has ever seen.