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Postby Tedward » Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:10 pm

The National Trust Guide to Late Medieval and Renaissance Britain: From the Black Death to the Civil War, by Colin Platt, published in 1986.

I had made note of this book in my local library a couple of years ago and after looking at it carefully yesterday I have already contacted my local second-hand bookstores to look for a copy. It is full of all sorts of different buildings with some great pictures. You could flip it open to virtually any page and be inspired to build what you see or use some detail in your next MOC.
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Postby HeartOfDarkness » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:19 pm

Battle: a visual journey through 5,000 years of combat

This enormous book details every major campaign between 3,000 B.C. and 2003 A.D. Greeks, Romans, Mongols, Europeans, Ottomans, Oriental, and Indian armies all make appearences, and the weapons, armor, and fighting styles of major civilizations and armies are explained in detail. There are hundreds of fantastic pictures of paintings and artifacts, and even a few castles. The motives and contexts of wars are also summarized deftly in this fantastic read

Sadly enough, this is a library book, so I'll have to return it at some point, but for now, I have it checked out indefinately. Sorry if I sounded like an advertisement. :)
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Postby castlebuilder100 » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:07 pm

HeartOfDarkness said-
This enormous book details every major campaign between 3,000 B.C. and 2003 A.D. Greeks, Romans, Mongols, Europeans, Ottomans, Oriental, and Indian armies all make appearences, and the weapons, armor, and fighting styles of major civilizations and armies are explained in detail. There are hundreds of fantastic pictures of paintings and artifacts, and even a few castles. The motives and contexts of wars are also summarized deftly in this fantastic read

All of this is very true

I own this book. It is a great all around history and war book. I really like it. The only downside was the price tag which was $40.00(USD). However it has 353 pages(not including the index). Also, it is about 32x39 studs big(yes lego studs I don't have a ruler close at hand but I do have legos). I would definately reccomend it. :D
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Postby doc069 » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:28 pm

castlebuilder100 wrote:I guess I'm a little late on this but just in case anyone still wants to know any good castle books my favorite are
Casles: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Castles and Fortresses


Thanks for the heads-up. These look great.

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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:30 am

I posted this in another thread but here again is this book for castles.

http://www.amazon.com/Medieval-Fortress ... 1580970621

It is very, very good with detailed plans and pictures.

I live within walking distance of a number of fortifications from the medieval period and within 20 minutes car/train to about 3 or 4. It is nice to see them for sure. Gives a much better perspective. Of course might still be hard to get the complete lay out.

This castle is fairly close to me. It was an old Roman Shore fort for several hundred years till the Normans arrived and rebuilt parts of it, the huge keep for example.

http://www.castlexplorer.co.uk/england/ ... hester.php

Good website for castle pictures BTW :D

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Postby doc069 » Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:44 pm

Heir of Black Falcon wrote:I posted this in another thread but here again is this book for castles.

http://www.amazon.com/Medieval-Fortress ... 1580970621

Thanks for another fine book - but this is starting to get expensive :)

Heir of Black Falcon wrote:I live within walking distance of a number of fortifications from the medieval period and within 20 minutes car/train to about 3 or 4. It is nice to see them for sure. Gives a much better perspective. Of course might still be hard to get the complete lay out.

*sigh*, I am very jealous.

Heir of Black Falcon wrote:http://www.castlexplorer.co.uk/england/ ... hester.php
Good website for castle pictures BTW :D
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Cool, thanks again.

Cheers,

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