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Castle by David Macaulay
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Castle (1977)

by David Macaulay

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Text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a "typical" castle and adjoining town in thirteenth-century Wales.

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  OakGrove-KFA | Mar 28, 2020 |
This story is about a 13th century castle a barely there narrative with characters switching in and out to show the passage of time. The profound emphasis is on the materials and construction tools and techniques of the time and the historical approaches to solving engineering problems faces but he administratory, economic and security requirements of an English castle of the time. There is a military emphasis which can’t be ignored but seems to be well researched. If I have to be critical, it does seem somewhat dismissive of wood and plaster castles which would have existed contemporaneously. But the stone castles are more impressive and so the fictional castle from this book would probably be more appealing to a broader audience of readers. ( )
  jcook18 | May 28, 2019 |
Amazing book showing how a castle is built. Very detailed and realistic black asd white drawing show step by step the raising of the caste and tells all the jobs that entails. A favorite for any aged person interested in the midieval era.
  jet6 | May 12, 2017 |
Beautiful, precise drawings accompany detailed, descriptive text to build a complete picture of the process of building a castle in the 13th century: planning, funding, workers, tools, materials, defense, and offense. There is a useful glossary in the back. ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 31, 2017 |
Macaulay uses detailed illustrations, floor plans, and cut-away pictures to describe the process of building a fictional castle within the historical context of medieval times.The reader learns of the different number and types of laborers hired, how cold temperatures halted the work, which was protected with layers of straw and dung before the workers returned to England for the winter. Macaulay even illustrates the way medieval toilets were built, supported, but protruding beyond the castle wall, connected to a “cesspit” at the base of the wall. A thorough slice of life in medieval times.
  tina_w | Jul 17, 2016 |
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On March 27, 1283, King Edward I of England named Kevin le Strange to be Lord of Aberwyvern -- a rich but rebellious are of northwest Wales.
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