- Series: Fortress (Book 46)
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Osprey Publishing (March 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841769622
- ISBN-13: 978-1841769622
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Castles and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans 1450–1650 (Fortress) Paperback – March 28, 2006
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“This fortress book is a real must for those interested in 'reviving and retrieving' in the late 16th and early 17th centuries -- a nice twist to the standard English Civil War period. The text is well written and is an easy, fun read and a welcomed addition to this writer's library. I am already in the process of building my own border reivers tower house using this book as a reference!” ―Historical Miniature Gamer
About the Author
Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in1954. His main focus of interest lies in the 18th and 19th centuries, stemming from his ancestors who served in the British Army and the East India Company and who fought at Culloden, Bunker Hill and even in the Texas Revolution. His previous works for Osprey include the titles on King George's Army 1740-93 (Men-at-Arms 285, 289 and 292) and the British Redcoat 1740-1815 (Warriors 19 and 20). He is based in Tyne and Weir, UK.
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Author Stuart Reid takes a methodical approach to his topic, working through considerations of design and the challenges of actual construction. In particulary, he focuses on the (low) standards of defense that fortified homes were meant to meet. One chapter has a detailed tour of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness through the phases of its use and periodic rennovation. The narrative concludes with brief summaries of life in these fortified homes, their use in times of conflict, and the surviving castles that can still be seen. The text is very nicely enhanced by an excellent collection of photographs, illustrations and diagrams which explain the techniques of construction. Reid's narrative can be rather technical, but this is a fascinating book for those interested in the period and the castles of Scotland. Recommended.
This is a reference for general castle and tower house construction and evolution during this short 200-year period and does not go into details about clans and their particular homes and structures...except in the text describing the example illustrations of real clan castles. Since my novel takes place in Scotland and countries frequently develop their architecture in their own special ways as well as incorporating the trends of the time, it was the perfect reference for my research. It also goes into defensive characteristics of the structures as well as life during that time in those castles and tower house. I especially liked the "Tour of a Castle: Urquhart" as it showed how old castle keep structures continued to expand through the centuries by their owners, governed by the needs of the time.