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Castles and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans 1450-1650
Reid, Stuart
ISBN: 9781841769622
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR046. With the exception of the key royal sites, such as Stirling and Edinburgh, few Scottish castles were located at strategic points, or were intended to house garrisons required to defend or subjugate towns. Instead they were primarily fortified dwelling houses, erected in an environment of weak Royal authority and endemic feuding between rival clans and groups, in both Highland and Lowland areas. Although some enceinte castles were developed during the 16th and 17th centuries, most defensive construction focused on the tower house, a distinctive vernacular style of Scottish fortification. This book examines the design, development, and purpose of these quintessentially Scottish buildings, and also covers larger sites such as Urquhart and Blackness.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005177  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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English Civil War Fortifications 1642-51
Harrington, Peter
ISBN: 9781841766041
Osprey Pub Co  2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR009. The techniques of European warfare were transformed during the 15th and 16th centuries by the use of gunpowder and by substantial progress in the effectiveness and destructive power of artillery. The series of conflicts in the 1640s, known collectively as the English Civil War, was the first in the British Isles that reflected this new reality. Sieges that aimed at isolating and reducing fortified places became the dominant instrument for prosecuting the war and protective fortifications were vital, for both the besieged as well as the besieger. This title describes how both the Parliamentarians and the Royalists made use of new fortification techniques throughout the course of this conflict.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005704  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Fortifications of the Incas
Kauffmann, J. E. & H. W.
ISBN: 9781841769394
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR047. The greatest period of Inca expansion occurred during the reigns of Pachacuti (1438-71), Tupa Inca (1471-93), and Huayna Capac (1493-1527). From the mountain stronghold of Cuzco, they subjugated the surrounding kingdoms and territories, absorbing their civilizations and their peoples. By 1525, they dominated much of the west of the continent, relying on fortified strongholds, an extensive system of roads an bridges, and obligatory military service to control local populations. This title takes a detailed look at the development of Incan fortification techniques, and examines how they came to be overrun by the Spanish conquistadors.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006547  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Forts of the American Frontier 1776-1891: California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska
Field, Ron
ISBN: 9781849083157
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR105. With the violent separation between the United States and Britain which began in 1776, the new 'Americans' set off to fulfill their manifest destiny and rule their new land from coast to coast. As they pushed westward, they came into conflict with both natives and other European settlers, and began to build fortresses to defend their newly claimed land. This book charts the development and variation of the fortresses of the American Frontier, covering both American defenses and those of the Spanish in the west. It also examines the little-known forts of early Russian settlers on the Pacific coast.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005543  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Russian Fortresses 1480-1682
Nossov, Konstantin
ISBN: 9781841769165
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR039. In 1462 the throne of the Principality of Moscow passed to the Ivan III (1462-1505), who succeeded in throwing off the Tatar yoke. For the next 200 years this new state struggled to maintain her borders against a series of attacks from the Lithuanians, Swedes and Poles to the west, as well as the Tatars to the south. They achieved this through the development of a network of fortified sites and a series of linear defensive systems. This book examine how these fortifications were developed to respond to ever changing situations under the command of such charismatic rulers as Ivan the Terrible, right through to the military reforms of Peter the Great.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006249  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Castles of Henry VIII
Harrington, Peter
ISBN: 9781846031304
Osprey Pub Co  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR066. In the last years of his reign, Henry VIII needed a radically modern system of defence to protect England and its new Church. Anticipating a foreign onslaught from Catholic Europe after his split from Rome, Henry energetically began construction of more than 20 stone forts to protect England's major ports and estuaries. Aided by excellent illustrations, Peter Harrington explores the departure from artillery-vulnerable medieval castle designs, to the low, sturdy stone fortresses inspired by European ideas. He explains the scientific care taken to select sites for these castles, and the transition from medieval to modern in this last surge of English castle construction.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007299  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Fortifications of Malta 1530-1945
Stephenson, Charles
ISBN: 9781841766935
Osprey Pub Co  2004 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR016. The Island of Malta occupies a pivotal position in the Mediterranean, forming an outpost between North Africa and the soft underbelly of Europe. Such has been its strategic importance throughout the years that it has become one of the most fortified places in the world. Following the successful defence of the island during the Great Siege of 1565, the Knights Hospitaller built new walls and fortifications. These defences failed when Napoleon occupied Malta in 1798, and the island was retaken by the British in 1800. From this point onwards, Maltaís defences were modernised throughout the 19th century and the islandís final test came during World War II. This book examines all these different styles of fortification from the 16th to the 20th century.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007858  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Spanish Main 1492-1800
Chartrand, Rene
ISBN: 9781846030055
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR049. The Spanish possessions in the West Indies and the Central American and Mexican coast - was the envy of Englishmen, Frenchmen and Dutchmen from the 16th to the 19th centuries. To counter their assaults as well as those of pirates, the Spanish built an outstanding system of fortifications - much of which still stands today. This title will cover the three main periods of development including the first "castles" in Americas based on medieval styles built to protect against marauding adventurers including Sir Francis Drake. Later these forts were adapted to reflect the improved power of artillery. Following the fall of Havana to the British in 1762, the defences of the Spanish Main were revealed as outmoded and a complete reconstruction of them was ordered in the final stage of development as tremendous Vauban-style fortifications were created.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007301  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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