Norman Stone Castles (1): The British Isles 1066-1216

Norman Stone Castles (1): The British Isles 1066-1216

by Christopher Gravett, Adam Hook

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Overview

Descended from the Viking raiders who settled in Northern France under the leadership of Rollo in around 911, the Normans were amongst the most feared warriors of their time. Their territorial ambitions culminated in Duke William 1's conquest of England in 1066, but although victory at Hastings left the English crown in William's hands, Norman sovereignty remained far from established on the island. In order to consolidate his position, the new king built a series of fortifications across the country - this book covers all these developments from the early days of William I through to the fortifications of Henry II, Richard I and John.

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ISBN-13: 9781782002277
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/20/2012
Series: Fortress , #13
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Christopher Gravett is Senior Curator at the Royal Armouries 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. His previous Osprey titles include Elite 17: 'Knights at Tournament', Warrior 1: 'Norman Knight 950-1204 AD' and Campaign 13: 'Hastings 1066'.

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
Chronology9
Design and development10
Stone castle design
Constructing stone castles
Tour of a castle: Dover23
The principles of defence29
Life in a Norman castle35
Siege warfare43
The fate of the castles52
Visiting the castles today54
Bibliography60
Glossary62
Index64

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