Norman Stone Castles (2): Europe 950-1204

Norman Stone Castles (2): Europe 950-1204

by Christopher Gravett, Adam Hook

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Overview

Following the creation of the Duchy of Normandy, the Normans were soon introduced to the castle and they built them in large numbers. In the mid-11th century, other Norman adventurers began carving out dominions for themselves in Southern Italy: some crossed to Sicily in 1061 and by 1091 had conquered the whole island. As in Normandy, they were keen to assimilate new ideas, including architectural styles, resulting in some striking buildings. This title, a companion to Fortress 13: Norman Stone Castles (1) The British Isles 1066-1216, provides a detailed guide to the castles built in Normandy, Southern Italy and Sicily, covering defensive principles, daily life, the events of siege warfare, and the fate of the castles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782001454
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 07/20/2012
Series: Fortress , #18
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

Chris Gravett is a former Senior Curator at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London, and a recognised authority on the arms, armour and warfare of the medieval world. He has worked as an advisor for numerous TV and film productions, and has written many books for Osprey, including Warrior 1: Norman Night 950-1204 AD. He currently works as a curator at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire.

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specialises in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on the Aztecs, the Greeks, the American Civil War and the American Revolution. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.
Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction4
Chronology7
Normandy
Southern Italy and Sicily
Design and development9
Normandy
Southern Italy
Sicily
The costs of construction
Tour of a castle: Chateau-Gaillard22
The principles of defence28
Life in a Norman castle33
The castles at war39
Normandy
Southern Italy and Sicily39
The fate of the castles49
Visiting the castles today52
Normandy
Southern Italy
Sicily
Bibliography63
Index64

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