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Castles (Single Subject References) Hardcover – April 15, 1995
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Grade 3-9?An approachable, comprehensive, clearly illustrated overview of medieval European (and a few Near Eastern) castles. The book's strengths are its well-organized format and careful balance of text and illustrations. Steele touches on almost every facet of castle construction, inhabitants, celebrations, and rituals, as well as more mundane topics such as sanitation and the kitchen. He gives an excellent, yet simple description of the steps to becoming a knight, the correct way to behave at a banquet, and the roles of peasants. Full-color photographs of realia, period art reproductions, and drawings combine with highlighted or bold text to keep the eye flowing from one page to the next. A four-page foldout of a castle and its environs add distinction to the book. The glossary is well formatted, and an index and illustrated timeline of castles from A.D. 476-1453 make this title a sound choice for young researchers.?Joan Soulliere, Wenham Public Library, MA
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Gr. 5^-7. Librarians and teachers will find the format here familiar: oversize and heavily illustrated, with captions providing a good deal of the information. Still, this offering is particularly well designed and accessible, and although it is an overview, lots of topics are covered, among them, chivalry, feast days, jousts, armor, and sieges. A four-page foldout shows the castle inside out. Nothing new, but quite attractive and always useful. Ilene Cooper
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