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The Archaeology of Weapons : Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry
by R. Ewart Oakeshott
Listed under Ancient Weapons

The Ancient Engineers
De Camp, L. Sprague
Paperback Reissue edition (December 1988)
Ballantine Books; ISBN: 0345320298

Carolingian and Romanesque Architecture : 800-1200
Conant, Kenneth John
Listed under History of Architecture

Chateaux of the Loire
by Thorston Droste
Architecture, interiors, and gardens of the Loire chateaux
Hardcover: 208 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.99 x 12.05 x 9.66
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Short);
ISBN: 1860641644

Castel Del Monte: Geometric Marvel of the Middle Ages
by Heinz Gotze You don't have to be an architectural historian to reap the multifarious rewards of this gorgeous volume. There may be one square root too many for the math-challenged multitudes, but otherwise this book's brilliant, clearly written text should appeal to classicists, abstract art admirers, and lovers of historical mysteries--hark, fans of The Name of the Rose--to suggest just a few of many possible audiences. 

Already in its third printing in Germany, the lushly illustrated book offers Heinz Götze's reasoned arguments tying the design of the Castel Del Monte, the mysterious, singular, southern Italian fortress built under the revered leader Frederick II, to the Mediterranean culture of the Middle Ages and to the intricacies of Arab geometry circulating in North Africa at the time. Götze is steeped in his subject: he has led architectural digs at other sites to search for European antecedents for this extraordinary eight-sided star of an edifice (there are none), and he draws on a seemingly vast knowledge of the delicate geometries of celestial and terrestrial designs of the period that stretch from France to Syria. His impeccable scholarship seems to liberate him from the pedestrian prose of many such books (there are cheerily triumphal exclamation points scattered throughout this one). 

While the book is extremely learned and contains much material that is over the head of the ordinary reader, Götze manages to urge readers to stretch their intellects. The hardest part, ultimately, is sitting in an armchair to read this book, rather than standing at the Castel Del Monte in person and gazing at it with newfound understanding. --Peggy Moorman -
(Hardcover -- April )

Castles in Italy: The Medieval Life of Noble Families
by Clemente Manenti, et al
Hardcover: 336 pages
Konemann; ISBN: 382901578X; illustrate edition (January 1, )

Castles : Their Construction and History
by Sidney Toy
Paperback: 256 pages
Dover Pubns; ISBN: 0486248984; (September 1985)

Castles and Fortresses
by Robin S. Oggins
Hardcover - 120 pages
Metro Books; ISBN: 1567990959

Castles in Medieval Society: Fortresses in England, France, and Ireland in the Central Middle Ages
by Charles Coulson
Hardcover from Oxford Press

by David MacAulay 
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback (October 25, 1982)
Scott Foresman (Pearson K-12); ISBN: 0395329205

Macaulay, David
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover - 74 pages (September 28, 1977)
Houghton Mifflin Co (Juv); ISBN: 0395257840

Castles & Ancient Monuments of Scotland
by Damien Noonan
Paperback - 192 pages
Welcome Rain; ISBN: 1566491886
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Cathedral : The Story of Its Construction
Macaulay, David
Listed under Cathedrals

Engineering in the Ancient World
Landels, J.G.
University of California Press, 1978, ISBN 0-520-03429-5

German Castles and Palaces
by Klaus Merten (Editor), et al
Hardcover - 256 pages (November )
Vendome Pr; ISBN: 0865652074
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A History of Engineering in Classical and Medieval Times
Hill, Donald R.
Paperback (November )
Routledge; ISBN: 0415152917

Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House
by Victoria Kastner et al.
Listed under William Randolph Hearst

A Knight and His Weapons
by R. Ewart Oakeshott
Listed under Ancient Weapons

Life in a Medieval Castle
by Joseph Gies, Frances Gies
Harper and Row, Publishers, 1979 ISBN 0-0674-3

Life in a Medieval City
Gies, Joseph and Frances
Paperback: 288 pages
HarperCollins (paper); ISBN: 0060908807; (September 1981)

The Medieval Fortress: Castles, Forts and Walled Cities of the Middle Ages
by Joseph Kaufmann, et al
Hardcover - 320 pages 1st edition
Da Capo Press; ISBN: 1580970621

Medieval Siege Warfare (Elite Series, Vol 28)
by Christopher Gravett, Angus McBride (Illustrator)
(Paperback -- June 1990)

Medieval Siege Weapons: Western Europe AD 585-1385
by David Nicolle, Sam Thompson
Listed under Siege Weapons

Medieval Households
Herlihy, David
England, Harvard University Press, 1985, ISBN 0-674-56376-x

The Royal Palaces of Tudor England: Architecture and Court Life 1460-1547
by Simon Thurley
Listed under Tudor England

Siege : Castles at War
by Daniel Diehl, Mark Donnelly

Siege Warfare; The Fortress in the Early Modern World 1494-1660
Christopher Duffy 

Welsh Castles: A Guide by Counties
by Adrian Pettifer

Castles of Britain and Ireland
by Plantagenet Somerset Fry, David Lyons (Photographer)
Hardcover - 312 pages
Abbeville Press, Inc.; ISBN: 0789202786
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Classic Dictionary of Architecture
Parker, J. Henry, FSA
New Orchard Editions Ltd., 1986, ISBN 1-85079-069-8
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A short guide to the Roman Wall
Rowland, T. H., MA
Frank Graham, 1973, ISBN 0-85983-005-5
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Roman forts : an illustrated introduction to the garrison posts of Roman Britain
Wilson, Roger
Bergstrom Boyle Books Ltd., 1980, ISBN 0-903767-25-2
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Life in the Castle in Medieval England
Burke, John F.
British Heritage Press, 1987 reprint, ISBN 0-517-40511-3
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The Village & House in the Middle Ages
Chapelot, Jean and Robert Fossier
B. T. Batsford Ltd., 1985
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The Medieval Castle : Romance and Reality
Reyerson, Kathryn and Faye Powe, Editors
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1984, ISBN 0-8403-3468-0

Castles and Ancient Monuments of England : A County by County Guide to More Than 350 Historic Sites
by Damien Noonan
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CASTLES: Their Construction and History
Toy, Sidney
Dover Publications, Inc., 1985
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Fire & Stone : The Science of Fortress Warfare, 1660-1860
Christopher Duffy
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Roman Forts in Britain
Breeze, David J.
Shire Publications Ltd., 1987
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Hillforts of England and Wales
Dyer, James
Shire Publications Ltd., 1985 reprint
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Hadrian's Wall in the days of the Romans
Embleton, Ronald and Frank Graham
Howe Brothers (Gateshead) Ltd., 1984
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Technology in the Ancient World
Hodges, Henry
Hardcover (September 1970)
Random House; ISBN: 0394448081
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Un Castillo Antiguo/an Ancient Castle
Graves, Robert
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Palladium Book of European Castles (Weapons Series, No 7)
by Balent, Matthew
Palladium Books, 1985
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Castles of the Middle Ages
Brochard, Philippe
Silver Burdett Company, 1980, ISBN 0-382-06927--7 

CASTLES (Shire Archeology)
Brown, R. Allen
Shire Publications Ltd., 1985, ISBN 0-852636539
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Johnson, Paul
HarperCollins Publishers, 1992, ISBN 0-23512
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Castles of War/Castles of Fear
Listed under Medieval Movies

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