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Medieval Russian Fortresses AD 862-1480

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Medieval Russian Fortresses AD 862-1480
by Osprey
Author: Konstantin Nossov
Publish Date: 2007
Pages: 64
Dimensions: 7.5x9.5x.25"
Restockable: Yes
NKG part #: 2148268233
Mfg. part #: OSPFOR061
Type: Softcover


According to Russian legend, in the year AD 862 the Slav tribes of what is now European Russia invited a number of Scandinavian princes to rule over them. However, on the death of these princes, Prince Oleg seized Kiev and united the Northern and Southern Russian territories, building extensive fortifications to protect its borders. The rise of feudalism in the 11th century lead to the development of individual fortified sites and the extended border defenses fell into disrepair. Consequently, Mongol hordes poured over the border introducing the siege warfare techniques of the East, heavily influencing the fortification styles thereafter. Using a wealth of archeological evidence and first-hand sources, Konstantin Nossov charts the history of the medieval Russian fortress from its early beginnings until the 14th century, paying special attention to the development of one of the most iconic fortifications in the world: the Kremlin.


The principles of defense
Zmievy Valy (Snake Ramparts)
Design and development
Tour of the sites
The living sites
The sites in war
The sites today
Bibliography and further reading