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Castles Map of Scotland
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
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
50 Greatest Castles and Palaces of the World
Explore the legends, history and secrets of great castles and palaces around the world.
Castles: Fortresses of Power
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.
Forts: An illustrated history of building for defence
Maginot Line
History of the conception, design, construction of the line, lavishly illustrated with photographs and plans.
Inspired by Nature: Chateau, Gardens, and Art of Chaumont-sur-Loire
Exploring Ireland's Castles
Celtic Castles
Maker Models: Castle
Craft meets STEAM in these lively books that will help you design, build and create
Ruins and Follies of East Anglia
Edward Couzens-Lake takes a look at the history behind the ruins and follies of the beautiful East Anglia.
Pilgrim Spy: My secret war against Putin, the KGB and the Stasi
One of the great untold stories of twentieth century military history
Scottish Castles Story
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.
How To Read Castles
Tales and Traditions of Scottish Castles
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.
Abandoned Civilisations: The Mysteries Behind More Than 90 Lost Worlds
Friedrichstein: Das Schloss der Grafen von Doenhoff in Ostpreussen
Castles & Great Houses of the Middle Ages
Short History of the Normans
The Battle of Hastings in 1066 is the one date forever seared on the British national psyche.
Relics of the Reich: The Buildings the Nazis Left Behind
This book will take an holistic view of Nazi architecture.
Windsor Castle: The Official Illustrated History
Scottish Castles and Fortifications
Inside out Series: Castles of South Wales
Story of TheTower of London
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.
English Castle: 1066-1650
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.
Festung Guernsey 4.6, 4.7, & 4.8: The Fortifications of Guernsey-South and East Coasts - Pointe De La Moye - Icart - Fort George
Yorkshire's Secret Castles: A Concise Guide and Companion
A journey back in time to what was arguably the most brutal and turbulent period in English history.
Japan's Castles: Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace
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.
Castles of the World
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.
Castles and Landscapes: Power, Community and Fortification in Medieval England
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.
English Castles: A Guide by Counties
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
Welsh Castles: A Guide by Counties
History of and gazetteer to all surviving Welsh castles - the majority 13c - arranged by county, with full OS details.
Castles in Context: Power, Symbolism and Landscape, 1066 to 1500
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.
Castles in Wales - A Handbook
Romanesque Architecture and its Artistry in Central Europe, 900-1300: A Descriptive, Illustrated Analysis of the Style as it Pertains to Castle and Church Architecture
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.
Wexford Castles: Environment, Settlement and Society
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.
Scottish Castles
Castles of Wales
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.
Defending Anglesey
Forts and Fortifications of Europe 1815-1945: The Central States
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.
Forts and Fortifications of Europe 1815-1945: The Neutral States
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.
English Castles Story
Life in a Medieval Castle
Festung Guernsey 3.6, 4.1 & 4.2: The Fortifications of Guernsey-West and South Coasts Rocquaine to Corbiere
Castles of the Marches
A fascinating insight into the historic castles of Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.
Her Majesty's Tower of London
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.
Palaces, Stately Houses & Castles of Georgian, Victorian and Modern Britain: From George I to Elizabeth II, 1714 to the Present Day
Hill-Forts of the Cotswolds
Explores Gloucestershire's fascinating hill-forts.
Medieval Castles of England and Wales
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.
Impact of the Edwardian Castles in Wales
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.