Castrum to Castle (Hardback)
Classical to Medieval Fortifications in the Lands of the Western Roman Empire
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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.
Review by Neil ChristieThe Society for Medieval Archaeology
... this book will provide general readers with a solid, nicely illustrated overview of history, conflict and defensive (and offensive) responses across c AD 300-1400.
As featured byDesperta Ferro, No. 57
Featured inFortress Study Group, September 2019
A very interesting book.Miniaturas JM
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The quality of this books research is such that it is likely to be of interest to scholars in a variety of fields, while equally, a 'layman' reader with an interest in Castles and 'Things Medieval' may well find it worthy of attention. War gamers and military modellers may also find its content of interest.Pillbox Study Group
The authors have produced a solid piece of work, informative and attractively packaged, taking the inquiring reader on a fascinating voyage from the fortifications of the classical times to the great castles of the middles ages. Notes, a fully illustrated glossary and a bibliography (but no relevant websites are included) supplement the work. I look forward to part 2!Casemate, January 2019 - reviewed by Bernard Lowry
The authors have done and excellent job in tracing the designs and skills and uses over the period. The work is supported by many images that have been reproduced in full colour through the body of the book. This must stand as one of the cardinal works on the subject.Firetrench
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The quality of its research is such that it is likely to be of interest to scholars in a variety of fields, while equally, a ‘layman’ reader with an interest in ‘Castles’ and ‘Things Medieval’, may well find it worthy of attention. War gamers and military modellers may also find its content of interest.Keith Rimmer, NZ Crown Mines