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Stephen Biesty's Castlesby Meredith Hooper
Synopses & Reviews
Best-selling author, Stephen Biesty, famous for his "Incredible Cross-Sections" books, has now turned his attention to ten actual castles, as they were on ten historic dates (his 1994 book "Castle" focused on a single, imaginary castle). In his new, never-before-published book, Castles, he presents ten real castles each at a singular historic moment, from the 12th to the 19th century, in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. A partial list includes, Chateau Gaillard, France, 1198; Krak des Chevaliers, Syria, 1271; Windsor Castle, England, 1344; Castel Sant' Angelo, Italy, 1527; Osaka Castle, Japan, 1614.
Each castle is illustrated with fascinating precision over a double-page spread, followed by a lively and informative two-page account of the history of the castle in its time. The combination of illustration and text brings both history and architecture to life. This may be the best-ever book about castles.
Stephen Biesty turns his attention to ten actual castles as they were on ten historic dates.
Biesty, the bestselling creator of the Incredible Cross-Sections books, turns his attention to ten actual castles, as they were from the 12th to the 19th century. Each castle is illustrated over a double-page spread, followed by a lively and informative two-page account of the history of the castle in its time. Full color.
About the Author
Stephen Biesty studied illustration, specializing in historical and architectural drawings. His illustrations are unrivalled for their ambitious scope and extraordinary attention to detail. He lives in Somerset, England, with his wife and son.
Meredith Hooper grew up in Australia, but went to the U.K. to do a post-graduate degree in history at Oxford. She is the author of many remarkable works for children, including Who Built the Pyramid? (Candlewick Press) and Endurance: Shackleton's Perilous Expedition in Antarctica (Abbeville Kids), plus twenty additional titles in BIP. Her books have been acclaimed for the way they distill a wealth of research into writing which is both simple and powerful. Meredith lives in London with her family.
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