Most popular Castles & fortifications books
The most popular Castles & fortifications books currently available. Updated weekly.
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.
Craft meets STEAM in these lively books that will help you design, build and create
Edward Couzens-Lake takes a look at the history behind the ruins and follies of the beautiful East Anglia.
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.
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.
This book will take an holistic view of Nazi architecture.
The Tower of London commissioned this captivating new history of a world-renowned palace, as told through the stories of its residents over the past 1,000 years. It reveals the lifestyles of its monarchs, their mistresses, courtiers and servants as well as the Tower's darker side and has 200 illustrations accompanied by informative captions.
From coast to coast, the English landscape is still richly studded with castles both great and small. This is a riveting architectural study that sets this legion of buildings in historical context, tracing their development from the Norman Conquest in 1066 through the civil wars of the 1640s.
A journey back in time to what was arguably the most brutal and turbulent period in English history.
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.
From Europe to Haiti, from India to Japan, Castles of the World explores forts, strongholds, towers and citadels from the ancient world up to the 20th century. Arranged chronologically, each entry includes a striking colour photograph and expert text briefly telling the story of the castle's history.
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.
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.
Billy Colfer's Wexford Castles expands the IRISH LANDSCAPES series by taking a thematic approach, while still staying loyal to the central landscape focus. Rather than adapting a narrowly architectural approach, he situates these buildings in a superbly reconstructed historical, social, and cultural milieu.
Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in Europe. From the Norman keep at Cardiff to the Welsh stronghold at Criccieth, and Edward I's famous fortifications at Caernarfon and Conway, the castles of Wales tell the fascinating story of Wales' turbulent past and history. A must for all vistors to this this lovely country.
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.
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.
A fascinating insight into the historic castles of Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.
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.
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.