Most popular Castles & fortifications books
The most popular Castles & fortifications books currently available. Updated weekly.
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.
Explore Scotland's ancient monuments with this pictorial map featuring over 700 castles and fortified houses. Includes an easy-to-use index listing visitor information and an attractive selection of photographs.
British Castles and Palaces takes you on an epic tour of Britain's inspiringcastles and palaces many of which still stand proud and can be visited today
Explore the legends, history and secrets of great castles and palaces around the world.
Castles held a pivotal position as seats of power for centuries. This short history explores their significance, the battles and sieges that were fought over them, and life in and around the castle.
History of the conception, design, construction of the line, lavishly illustrated with photographs and plans.
One of the great untold stories of twentieth century military history
The castle is an evocative structure, no matter its setting, and this is no truer than in Scotland, where the multitude of castles reflect the country's turbulent history: its many conflicts and skirmishes, whether against invaders from the north, the English to the south or between clans.
Edward Couzens-Lake takes a look at the history behind the ruins and follies of the beautiful East Anglia.
The fascinating story of the buildings that have helped to defend Wales throughout its history from the Iron Age to the twentieth century.
Craft meets STEAM in these lively books that will help you design, build and create
From the great citadels of Caernarvon, Powis and Beaumaris in the north, to the Victorian glories of Cardiff in the south, St David's cathedral in the west to the little hill church of Patrishow in the east, the buildings of Wales embody its history and are the equal of any in the British Isles. This title is suitable for those visiting Wales.
Nigel Tranter's gift for bringing Scottish history to life is demonstrated in this lively book which details 45 of the nation's castles with associated tales and traditions. With a broad geographical spread Tranter breathes life into many of Scotland's gaunt and shadowy ruins.
The Battle of Hastings in 1066 is the one date forever seared on the British national psyche.
An authoritative history of the defensive lines built in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. Covers the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and demonstrating the role these defences played in both world wars.
This book will take an holistic view of Nazi architecture.
A colourful and informative guide to the Tower of London. Contains comprehensive histories of the buildings - in particular their Tudor histories - before touching on the Tower's present-day life.
A handy guide to England's most dramatic castles and strongholds, many of which are open to visitors. Includes an eight-page map section showing the locations of castles covered in the book.
Charts the turbulent history of Ireland as it unfolded over five centuries. Each castle has a unique story to tell, with legends and superstitions embedded in local lore. Color photos.
An innovative examination of heritage politics in Japan, showing how castles have been used to re-invent and recapture competing versions of the pre-imperial past and project possibilities for Japan's future. The transformation of castles from symbols of Japan's martial spirit into cultural heritage sites charts changing understandings of the past.
This paperback edition of a book first published in hardback in 2002 is a fascinating and provocative study which looks at castles in a new light, using the theories and methods of landscape studies.
Discussing the development of Greek architecture in the Aegean and other Greek lands from its earliest beginnings around 3000 BC to the first century BC. The temples of the Hellenic age are discussed, as are domestic Greek architecture, town planning, theatres and fortifications.
A comprehensive and concise guide to all medieval English castles of which something can still be seen today, ranging from the massive keeps which still dominate the landscape to grassy earthworks and Border pele towers, and spanning the centuries from the Norman Conquest to the accession of the Tudors
History of and gazetteer to all surviving Welsh castles - the majority 13c - arranged by county, with full OS details.
Castle studies have been transformed in recent years with a movement away from the traditional interpretation of castles as static military structures towards a wider view of castles as aesthetic symbols of power, with a more complicated relationship with the landscape.
This book seeks to offer a detailed survey of the Romanesque Architectural style preserved in Central Europe. It traces developments of the style from earliest examples of the post-Carolingian period to the height of sophistication during the transition to Gothic.
An authoritative history of the defensive lines built in Central Europe during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Essential reading and reference for anyone who is fascinated by the history of fortification.
Explores Gloucestershire's fascinating hill-forts.
A fully illustrated guide to and history of the castles of England and Wales in the late medieval period focusing on their roles in military and social history.
The Impact of the Edwardian Castles in Wales publishes the proceedings of a conference held in 2007 which set out to review recent scholarship on castles that he built in north Wales after two wars, in 1277 and 1282-83 and a Welsh uprising in 1294-95.
A pocket-sized guide to nearly 140 of Scotland's most dramatic castles and strongholds, all of which are open to the public.
With 150 outstanding colour photographs, Abandoned Castles is a brilliant pictorial examination of castles, forts, keeps, and defensive fortifications from the ancient world to the end of the nineteenth century.
The castles and other properties owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland are precious jewels in the crown of the nation's heritage. This book pays tribute to the people who have made the Trust's properties so very special.
We delve deep inside some of the most famous cathedrals in the country to find the links with a medieval past that still resonate strongly with our lives today.
"This book explores bunkered sites in Cold War Germany in order to understand the inner workings of the Cold War state."--Provided by publisher.