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Battle Castles: 500 Years of Knights and Siege Warfare
Snow, Dan
ISBN: 9780007455584
Harper Press  2012 
 Hard Cover New book, 336 pages. Castles and their ruins still dominate the landscape and are a constant reminder to us of a time when violence, or the threat of it, was the norm. Dan Snow explores the world's greatest medieval castles: from Dover Castle to Chateau Gaillard, Richard I's fortress in Normandy, and Castillo de Gibalfaro, the last vanguard of Moorish rule in Spain, to Krak des Chevaliers in Syria - an astounding feat of engineering by the Crusaders. Each castle's story is dramatically recounted: the building techniques, the weapons used and daily life within the walls. Spanning the globe, and using the latest CGI reconstructions, Dan Snow gets to the very heart of the bloodshed and battles of the greatest fortresses of the Middle Ages.  As New/Very Good
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006820  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Cathar Castles: Fortresses of the Albigensian Crusade 1209-1300
Cowper, Marcus
ISBN: 9781846030666
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR055. In the early 12th century AD a large area of present-day France was not under the direct control of the French king. In fact, the French king's direct authority stretched little further than Paris and the area immediately around it, the Ile de France. Many of the other regions were semi-independent duchies and counties, controlled by, amongst others, the King of England and the Holy Roman Emperor. One such area free from direct French control was the Languedoc, the area stretching from the Massif Central south to the Pyrenees, and as far as the river Rhone to the east. This area was under the loose overlordship of the counts of Toulouse, and by the beginning of the 12th century the whole region had become the centre of an early form of Protestantism called Catharism that flourished to an extraordinary degree and threatened the rule of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Innocent III, alarmed at this heresy and the unwillingness of the southern nobility to do much to uproot it, launched a crusade in 1209 against European Christians. The crusading army, represented the established Church consisting predominatly of northern French knights. They saw this as an opportunity both to 'take the cross' and to obtain new lands and wealth for themselves more conveniently than crusading to the Holy land. This, the Albigensian Crusade, became a brutal struggle between the north and the south of France as much as between orthodox Roman Catholic and heretic Cathar. The inhabitants of the Languedoc had always relied for their safety upon a series of strongly fortified walled cities, such as Albi, Carcassonne, B?ers, Toulouse and a large number of fortified hill-top villages and castles which dotted the countryside. These so-called 'Cathar Castles' now became the last refuge against the invading crusaders and the conflict developed into a series of protracted and bloody sieges that lasted for over 30 years. The author describes these two very different types of fortification, the walled city and the hill-top castle. He explains why they were positioned where they were, how they were built, and the defensive principles behind their construction, and also reviews how well they withstood the test of the Albigensian Crusade.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005179  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191-1571
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781841769769
Osprey Pub Co  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR059. The castles built by the Crusaders, Hospitallers, Venetians and Genoese in Cyprus, Greece, the Aegean, and on the Black Sea served to defend against a complex array of constantly changing threats: Mamluks, Catalan mercenaries, Ottoman Turks, Byzantines, independent Islamic states, Timur-i-Lenk, and widespread piracy, to name but few. The resulting fortifications - some inherited from conquered the territories of the former Byzantine empire, some built from scratch - were very different to those found in the Middle East. This superbly illustrated book explores their design, development and fate in detail, documenting the rich architectural heritage of this region and its complex history. Contents: Introduction - Chronology - Design and development - The principles of defence - Tour of the castles - The living sites - The castles at war - Aftermath - Visiting the fortifications today - Further reading - Glossary - Index.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002630  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Crusader Castles in the Holy Land 1097-1192
Nicole, David
ISBN: 9781841767154
Osprey Pub Co  2004 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR021. The Crusaders that landed in the Middle East in the late 11th century brought with them their own traditions of military architecture, but it was not long before their defensive construction began to reflect a broad array of local influences. Most early Crusader structures were relatively small, and tended to increase the existing natural and defensive features of a site. The basic forms comprised freestanding towers, castra, and hilltop and spur-castles, but urban centres, religious sites and rural dwellings were also fortified. From the 1160s, bigger, stronger and more expensive castles began to appear, in response to developments in Islamic siege weaponry. This title examines the early fortifications erected by the Crusaders in modern-day Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and south-eastern Turkey. Contents: Introduction, Chronology, Design and development, The principles of defence, A tour of five Crusader castles, Feudal, religious and urban defences, The fortifications at war, The fate of the fortifications, Visiting the fortifications today, Further reading, Glossary, Index.  As New
Price: $20.99 (AUD)
Book Number: 005830  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Crusader Castles in the Holy Land 1097-1192
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781841767154
Osprey Pub Co  2004 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR021. The Crusaders that landed in the Middle East in the late 11th century brought with them their own traditions of military architecture, but it was not long before their defensive construction began to reflect a broad array of local influences. Most early Crusader structures were relatively small, and tended to increase the existing natural and defensive features of a site. The basic forms comprised freestanding towers, castra, and hilltop and spur-castles, but urban centres, religious sites and rural dwellings were also fortified. From the 1160s, bigger, stronger and more expensive castles began to appear, in response to developments in Islamic siege weaponry. This title examines the early fortifications erected by the Crusaders in modern-day Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and south-eastern Turkey. Contents: Introduction, Chronology, Design and development, The principles of defence, A tour of five Crusader castles, Feudal, religious and urban defences, The fortifications at war, The fate of the fortifications, Visiting the fortifications today, Further reading, Glossary, Index.  As New
Price: $20.99 (AUD)
Book Number: 005133  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Crusader Castles in the Holy Land 1192-1302
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781841768274
Osprey Pub Co  2005 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR032. The debacle of the Second Crusade in 1148 caused the Crusader States to realise the necessity of developing a more cautious strategy. The original expansionist spirit largely disappeared, and the Crusader States made priorities of strengthening their existing fortifications and towns and building new castles. These structures encompassed core aspects of Western European military architecture with the integration of rapidly developing Arab and Islamic traditions. Following Fortress 21: 'Crusader Castles in the Holy Land 1097-1192', this book examines the design, development and defensive principles of some of the best-known Crusader fortifications and castles, including Crac des Chevaliers, Castel Blanc, Arsuf, Margat, Atlit, Montfort and Acre.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005200  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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English Castles 1200-1300
Gravett, Christopher
ISBN: 9781846033742
Osprey Pub Co  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR086. The simple castles raised after the Norman conquest had been developed throughout the 11th and 12th centuries, whilst the introduction of Islamic and Byzantine fortification techniques from the late 12th century led to further developments in castle architecture. These fortifications were to be well tested throughout the course of the 13th century as England was riven by the conflict, characterized by prolonged sieges between the monarchy and powerful magnates. As well as providing the focus for warfare, castles increasingly became the centres of their communities, providing a more permanent base for the lord, his family and retainers, as well as acting as centres for justice and administration.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005201  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Fortifications in Wessex c. 800-1066
Lavelle, Ryan
ISBN: 9781841766393
Osprey Pub Co  2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR014. The defence of the 9th-century kingdom of Wessex under King Alfred against the 'Great Viking Army' is one of the major military achievements of Early Medieval history. While the guerrilla warfare in the Somerset marshes and the battle of Edington are characteristic of Alfred's military abilities, his definitive physical achievement was a series of some 30 well-structured fortifications (known as burhs) across the kingdom. Many of these fortifications survive to this day and some were even reinforced to stand up to German tanks in the expected invasion of 1940. This title describes their beginnings in the turbulent early years of Alfred’s reign as well as their subsequent development and use.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005203  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Hundred Years War Castles
Gondoin, Stephane William
ISBN: 9782915239805
Histoire & Collection  2007 
 Pictorial Cover New book, 128 pages. The Hundred Years War has left a bloody mark on Anglo-French history, leaving us with an apocalyptic image of the end of the medieval period: unending conflicts, bloody power struggles, pillaging soldiers devastating the countryside, long famine punctuated by terrible epidemics. This climate of insecurity made men think twice about their age-old concepts of firtification and protect themselves and their property better. Thy put all their intellectual resources into finding ways of resisting increasingly effective siege weapons, particularly artillery using gunpowder. The machicolation-crowned walls, surmounted by pinnacles, rose up and thickened to the sound of canon.   As New
Price: $65.99 (AUD)
Book Number: 002589  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Hundred Years War Castles
Gondoin, Stephane William
ISBN: 9782915239805
Histoire & Collection  2007 
 Pictorial Cover New book, 128 pages. The Hundred Years War has left a bloody mark on Anglo-French history, leaving us with an apocalyptic image of the end of the medieval period: unending conflicts, bloody power struggles, pillaging soldiers devastating the countryside, long famine punctuated by terrible epidemics. This climate of insecurity made men think twice about their age-old concepts of firtification and protect themselves and their property better. Thy put all their intellectual resources into finding ways of resisting increasingly effective siege weapons, particularly artillery using gunpowder. The machicolation-crowned walls, surmounted by pinnacles, rose up and thickened to the sound of canon.   As New
Price: $65.99 (AUD)
Book Number: 006146  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Indian Castles 1206-1526: The Rise and Fall of the Delhi Sultinate
Nossov, Konstantin
ISBN: 9781846030659
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR051. This era is rightly considered to be the defining age of Indian castle and fortification design. The instability and feudal division of the country throughout the greater part of the period led to the intense fortification of many of the provinces, as each small lord sought to bolster his position by constructing castles. It is also the period during which Indian castles start to show their defining features, elements of which would be modified in later years as the technology of siege warfare changed. The combined influence of the Islamic and Hindu architectural tradition lends these fortifications a unique style. This title will cover all the major sites of the period - including the fabled seven medieval cities on the site of present-day Delhi, as well as covering the prominent sieges that occurred.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007303  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Medieval Russian Fortresses AD 862-1480
Nossov, Konstantin
ISBN: 9781846030932
Osprey Pub Co  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR061. According to Russian legend, in the year AD 862, the Slav tribes of what is now European Russia invited a number of Scandinavian princes to rule over them. However, on the death of these princes, Prince Oleg seized Kiev and united the Northern and Southern Russian territories, building extensive fortifications to protect its borders. The rise of feudalism in the 11th century lead to the development of individual fortified sites and the extended border defenses fell into disrepair. Consequently, Mongol hordes poured over the border introducing the siege warfare techniques of the East, heavily influencing the fortification styles thereafter. Using a wealth of archeological evidence and first-hand sources, Konstantin Nossov charts the history of the medieval Russian fortress from its early beginnings until the 14th century, paying special attention to the development of one of the most iconic fortifications in the world: the Kremlin.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007298  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Norman Stone Castles (1): The British Isles 1066-1216
Gravett, Christopher
ISBN: 9781841766027
Osprey Pub Co  2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR013. Descended from the Viking raiders who settled in Northern France under the leadership of Rollo in around 911, the Normans were amongst the most feared warriors of their time. Their territorial ambitions culminated in Duke William 1's conquest of England in 1066, but although victory at Hastings left the English crown in William's hands, Norman sovereignty remained far from established on the island. In order to consolidate his position, the new king built a series of fortifications across the country - this book covers all these developments from the early days of William I through to the fortifications of Henry II, Richard I and John.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005824  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Norman Stone Castles (2): Europe 950-1204
Gravett, Christopher
ISBN: 9781841766034
Osprey Pub Co  2004 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR018. Following the creation of the Duchy of Normandy, the Normans were soon introduced to the castle and they built them in large numbers. In the mid-11th century, other Norman adventurers began carving out dominions for themselves in Southern Italy: some crossed to Sicily in 1061 and by 1091 had conquered the whole island. As in Normandy, they were keen to assimilate new ideas, including architectural styles, resulting in some striking buildings. This title, a companion to Fortress 13: Norman Stone Castles (1) The British Isles 1066-1216, provides a detailed guide to the castles built in Normandy, Southern Italy and Sicily, covering defensive principles, daily life, the events of siege warfare, and the fate of the castles.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005828  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Saracen Strongholds 630-1050: The Middle East and Central Asia
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781846031151
Osprey Pub Co  2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR076. The Islamic world developed its own highly sophisticated, effective and varied style of fortification. It drew upon pre-existing Romano-Byzantine, Iranian, Central Asian and Indian traditions of military architecture, plus influences from China, to produce something new and distinctive. In turn, Islamic concepts of military architecture influenced fortifications throughout the Byzantine Empire and, to an even greater extent, in Western Europe. One key point of distinction with the latter in particular was that Islamic fortifications were primarily focussed upon defending cities and frontiers, rather than being associated with royal and feudal elites, as was the case in most of Europe. Despite this highly practical role, medieval Islamic military architecture went beyond the merely functional, and the finest surviving examples are imbued with a sense of symbolic magnificence. This title, the first of several proposed volumes in the Fortress series, takes a look at early Islamic fortifications in the central and eastern lands. It covers the historical background, socio-political circumstances, and purposes of early military architecture; the incorporation of several different traditions and the development of a distinctive character; and the fortifications' role in protecting industry, trade and the frontiers of the Islamic world. Subsequent volumes will deal with the 12th to 16th centuries in the center and east, and the western Islamic lands of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, respectively.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005196  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Castles of Edward I in Wales 1277-1307
Gravett, Christopher
ISBN: 9781846030277
Osprey Pub Co  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR064. In 1277 Edward I gathered a huge army and marched into Wales to subdue the rebel Welsh princes who continued to raid and pillage English controlled areas of Wales, and even England itself. A key part of his strategy of subjugating and colonizing the Welsh was to erect a castle at every point where his army rested, to provide permanent bases for English garrisons and a visual reminder of English power. This title takes a detailed look at the design, development and principles of defense of the Edwardian Welsh castles, documenting daily life within their walls and the historical events that took place around them. Looking at key sites such as Cardigan, Aberystwyth and Conwy it highlights the varied castle designs ranging from fortifications based on French models to the defenses inspired by Constantinople, illustrated with eight pages of full colour illustrations and cutaway artwork. Chris Gravett provides a clear explanation of why the castles were there, who lived in them and how they were built - crucial reading for anyone interested in some of the most romantic and militarily effective buildings ever created.   As New
Price: $20.99 (AUD)
Book Number: 005178  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Fortifications of Gibraltar 1068-1945
Fa, Darren; Finlayson, Clive
ISBN: 9781846030161
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR052. Gibraltar is not only an archetypal fortress, preserving in its dominating topography and walls, bastions and emplacements a rich testament to extended periods of human conflict, but it is also a unique record of the evolution of the sciences of fortification and associated defensive structures over a period of more than six centuries. Gibraltar has a complex and varied military history, lying as it does at the gateway to the Mediterranean and the meeting points of the continents of Europe and Africa. Its history, always shaped by its unique combination of strategic position and topography, begins in ancient times with successive occupations by Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. It then passed through Arab, Castilian and Spanish hands, and has been a British possession since 1704. The Rock served as a base for Nelson's fleet in the Napoleonic Wars and, in World War II, for the Royal Navy's Task Force 'H' and as as a vital stopping place for supply convoys plying to and from the East through the Suez Canal and supporting the Allied effort in the Mediterranean Theater. An unprecedented amount of tunnelling took place on Gibraltar, making it a veritable warren that housed aircraft hangars, ammunition stores, hospitals and even a secret chamber (the Stay-Behind Cave) that was to be manned as an observation post in the event of a hostile takeover.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005204  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Fortress of Rhodes 1309-1522
Nossov, Konstantin
ISBN: 9781846039300
Osprey Pub Co  2010 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR96. First besieged in 305 BC, the island of Rhodes became part of the Roman Empire and was later fortified in the Byzantine style. Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean, Rhodes was also attacked and besieged for over a century by Islamic forces. This title details the development of these fascinating fortifications, as well as the sieges that sought to reduce them.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006668  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Great Wall of China 221 BC - AD 1644
Turnbull, Stephen
ISBN: 9781846030048
Osprey Pub Co  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR057. The most extensive and famous example of fortification in the world, the Great Wall of China stretches for more than 4,000 miles across inhospitable terrain. Charting its development from construction in the 7th century BC through to the present day, this account reveals the true history of the wall, and explores the myths that surround it. Included are details of what it was like to live within the wall, the ideas behind the defensive systems, how it was garrisoned and patrolled, and a discussion of how effective it was against attack. Through extensive examination of both ancient and modern sources, color maps, artwork and photographs, this book illustrates why the wall is one of the great wonders of the world.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007297  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Twilight of Medieval Castles
Gondom, Stephane William
ISBN: 9782352500698
Histoire & Collection   
 Pictorial Cover New book, 128 pages, 160+ photos. After the last fires of the Hundred Years War had gone out, the lords of France changed nothing in their way of life. Neither did they, initially, change their building habits and they remained faithful to the austere, thick stone walls, with crenulated towers topped by machicolations and pepper pot roofs. And yet, these fortresses built according to archaic models were no longer able to resist great campaign armies, powerful cannonades of constantly improving artillery and the general evolution in siege warfare. During the second half of the 15th century, the fortresses simply became the symbol of belonging to a social class, proud of its history but unsure of its future. Some fortresses now appeared to be simple stone challenges, issued by a nobility in search of its identity to a finally triumphant sovereign power. This second volume of the Fortresses collection takes us to the dawn of the Renaissance, to witness the last glimmers of the fortresses twilight years.  As New
Price: $64.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004799  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Walls of Constantinople AD 413-1453
Turnbull, Stephen
ISBN: 9781841767598
Osprey Pub Co  2004 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR025. The walls of Constantinople are the greatest surviving example of European medieval military architecture in the world. They withstood numerous sieges until being finally overcome by the artillery of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453, and exist today as a time capsule of Byzantine and Medieval history. This book examines the main defensive system protecting the landward side of the city, which consisted of three parallel walls about 5 miles long. The walls defended the city against intruders, including Attila the Hun, before finally being breached by European knights during the Fourth Crusade in 1204 and, ultimately, destroyed by Turkish artillery in 1453.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006447  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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