Castles from the Air: An Aerial Portrait of Britain’s Finest Castles by Paul Johnson

Castles from the Air: An Aerial Portrait of Britain’s Finest Castles by Paul Johnson lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.

Bloomsbury, 2006, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains a glossary. Contains a glossary of terms. Jacket illustration: Ludlow Castle, Shropshire. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: The castles of Britain are icons of history. They were built to mark the domains of the powerful, and stood as symbols of authority. Their structures reflect the highest technology of the day solid against battering rams, siege and cannon fire. And their locations identify the prevailing understanding of how the lie of the land could be turned to advantage. But imposing as the view from the ground can be, nothing shows their form and purpose better than the view from above.

Castles from the Air traces the origin and evolution of British castles from their Norman and earlier beginnings, through the great age of castle building in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries to the slow decline of castles as an architectural form in the fifteenth century. Through the Civil War in the seventeenth century, and the Napoleonic wars at the turn of the nineteenth century, although no longer the imposing bulwarks of earlier times, castles continued their important defensive role.

In Castles from the Air, hundreds of years of history are captured at a glance in more than 150 photographs of outstanding quality, revealing the past in a new and illuminating way. No better, nor more beautiful portrait of the castles of England, Scotland and Wales has ever been published before.

Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper faded at the top edge with a little rubbing to the edges. Small gift sticker covering the price. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 216 pages. Index. 14″ x 10½”.

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