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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Architecture
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (December 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486248984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486248981
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It doesn't even explain WHY they are fortified for military use, only that they are.
Sydney
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that gets to the core of the subject of castles.
Patrick Curren
There are plenty of illustrations and photos that are referenced throughout the book.
Rick

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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful By sylvesterr@hq.22sigbde.army.mil on June 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
As an Army Officer the study of military history is a professional necessity. The book: Castles their Construction and History has proven to be an incredible aid to this end. I am stationed in Europe and use the book as a guide when I travel and explore the castles in Germany, France and Italy. The book is very technical, it wastes some space giving detailed step by step descriptions of many castles but the casual reader of history will find the drawings, photos and overviews of history very interesting. The text of the book is rather dull to the non-history buff. It was very useful as a reference book while at the University of Florida.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By David Stabler on June 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because, well to put it plainly, I have always wanted to design a castle of my own. Having no real talent for architecture, I thought I'd see how others had done it before, and why they made the decisions they did. This book does a lot for the novice who wants to learn these things, but does so with enough illustrations to keep the readers interest through the text. I can see why another reviewer said it would make a good textbook -- it reads like one, and provides quite the education!
Add it to a military history collection, a chivalric texts collection, or to your Lego room for the next time you want a more powerful castle than the kit suggests (but, putting little lego men heads on pikes at the gates may be going overboard).
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
There is no fluff and no romanticizing. This book is just plain hows and whys on castle construction and their evolution from wooden stockades to stone fortresses. It examines the changes in defenses as warfare evolved. It is dry reading, but this is bare bones information with no fantasizing....just what I wanted.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Curren VINE VOICE on April 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was written in the 1930's but it is indeed a timeless record of castles from BC to the age of fortifications. I first thought that this was too old of a book but after reading it, it is clearly a great castle book. The real treasure is that it was compiled before Hitler bombed the crap out of Europe. It is chronilogical. It is referenced perfectly. The illustrations include floor plans with scales and north arrows. Building sections keyed to the floor plans. Renderings and photographs keyed to the text. Sidney takes you thru all the different building types and features that make a castle. My favorite is the "Keep". The text is very easy to follow. I was amazed at Sidney's gift of describing without the aid of photographs and drawings castle configurations. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that gets to the core of the subject of castles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick on September 26, 2012
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I really like this book. I like the way it is written and I especially like what is written about.

I recommend not trying to read it all at once. Savor it a "little" at a time and it will really grow on you.

The author is pretty good at presenting descriptions, which makes it easy to see in your mind what he is describing. There are plenty of illustrations and photos that are referenced throughout the book. For instance, if a particular castle is discussed and there happens to be a photo or illustration about it, the author will provide the page number for you to go and look at what he is describing.

This is a nice book. I am glad I bought it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. B. Straka on June 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Castles: Their Construction and History by Sidney Toy gives details and floor-plans of many castle. Well written, with many illustrations, very useful for student of castle details. Recommended.
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By Jasryn Storm on April 8, 2014
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Okay, so this is a book you might use to fill a bookcase to make it look like you read texts...However, if you are a dungeon master, or just a writer of novels, it's indispensable! This book shows you the exact construction and layout of any castle you need to build, draw out on a map for your campaign, or at least, have in your mind while writing a book!
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