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Castles of Henry VIII, The

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Castles of Henry VIII, The
by Osprey
Author: Peter Harrington
Publish Year: 2007
Pages: 64
Dimensions: 7.5x9.5x.25"
Restockable: Yes
NKG part #: 2148768084
Mfg. part #: OSPFOR066
Type: Softcover
Series: FOR66


In the last years of his reign Henry VIII needed a radically modern system of defense to protect England and its new Church. Anticipating a foreign onslaught from Catholic Europe after his split from Rome, Henry energetically began construction of more than 20 stone forts to protect England’s major ports and estuaries. Aided by excellent illustrations, Peter Harrington explores the departure from artillery-vulnerable medieval castle designs, to the low, sturdy stone fortresses inspired by European ideas. He explains the scientific care taken to select sites for these castles, and the transition from medieval to modern in this last surge of English castle construction.


Design and development
The principles of defense
A tour of the sites
The living sites
The castles in war
An assessment of the castles
Visiting the castles today