The Castles of Henry VIII

The Castles of Henry VIII

Fortress 66
  • Author: Peter Harrington
  • Illustrator: Brian Delf
  • Short code: FOR 66
  • Publication Date: 10 Sep 2007
  • Number of Pages: 64
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In the last years of his reign Henry VIII needed a radically modern system of defence 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.

Biographical Note

Peter Harrington runs the photographic collection of the Anne S. K. Brown University Library in Providence, Rhode Island. His is a well-respected military writer and is author of a number of works.Brian Delf began his career working in a London art studio producing artwork for advertising and commercial publications. Since 1972, he has worked as a freelance illustrator on a variety of subjects including natural history, architecture and technical cutaways. His illlistrations have been published in over thirty countries. Brian lives and works in Oxfordshire.

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