The age of castles was both a magnificent and a terrible time. Castles were the center of medieval life, hosting fabulous banquets, jousts, and fairs. A castle was a home but it was also a fortress against enemy attack. In the Middle Ages land was the key to power and wealth, and land was controlled from castles.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 64 Vendor: Kingfisher Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 12 X 9.50 (inches) ISBN: 1856975479 ISBN-13: 9781856975476 Availability: In Stock
Intricate and meticulous illustrations bring history to life in this wide-ranging castle tour that covers both the majestic splendour of the great halls and the hardships of living in a feudal society - from the building of a castle to shopping in a medieval marketplace. A magnificent 8-page gatefold opens up to a cutaway view of the castle -- both inside and out -- and lets viewers get an up-close view of all the rooms and people going about their everyday tasks. Includes an illustrated glossary and index.
Philip Steele has a passion for writing about history. He is a well-known author of more than one hundred children's books, including Castles, Pirates, Knights, The Best Book of Mummies, The World of Pirates, and The World of Castles. He was a student of medieval French and German literature, and has visited castles in England, France, Germany, Spain, and Poland. He has travelled to the Valley of the Kings and other sites of Ancient Egypt, and has met mummies face to face in the Cairo Museum. Philip now lives near Beaumaris and the other great castles of North Wales.
School Library Journal 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.