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Castle to Fortress: Medieval to Post-Modern Fortifications in the Lands of the Former Roman Empire
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Kaufmann, J E Kaufmann, H W
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Castle to Fortress: Medieval to Post-Modern Fortifications in the Lands of the Former Roman Empire

Kaufmann, J E Kaufmann, H W


9781526736871

Pen and Sword


History;
Medieval history;
Military history


Hardback

256 pages

$65.99
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Across western Europe the long tradition of castle-building took on its most sophisticated form in the later medieval period and then, in response to the development of gunpowder weapons, it underwent a fundamental change - from castle to fortress. This, the second volume of a highly illustrated new study of medieval fortification, gives a fascinating insight into the last great age of castles and the centuries of violence and conflict they were part of.

It traces the advances made between the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries, looking in particular at the form these fortifications took in contexts as different as Italy, Wales, France and the Iberian peninsula. Many would regard this period in the history of castles as the classic age. It was followed by a phase of relative decline as the conditions of warfare changed and castles had to be adapted to cope with cannon. The conventional castle gave way to new styles of fortification. But, as the authors demonstrate, they were still essential factors in military calculations and campaigns - they were of direct strategic and tactical importance wherever there was an attempt to take or hold territory.

By:   Kaufmann J E, Kaufmann, H W
Imprint:   Pen and Sword
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 172mm, 
ISBN:   9781526736871
ISBN 10:   152673687X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

J.E. Kaufmann is a retired teacher and presently an adjunct professor at Palo Alto Jr. College and H.W. Kaufmann, PhD, is a retired professor, and they live in the United States. Their most recent books on fortifications are The Maginot Line, The Atlantic Wall, The Forts and Fortifications of Europe 1815-1945: The Central States, The Forts and Fortifications of Europe 1815-1945: The Neutral States, Verdun 1916: The Renaissance of the Fortress and Castrum to Castle: Classical to Medieval Fortifications in the Lands of the Western Roman Empire.

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