The History of Castles is the ultimate illustrated guide to the world's most fascinating castles and strongholds. Dating back to ancient times, when Greeks, Romans, and Celts built fortifications to defend territories, castles have stood as symbols of both military might and cultural achievement. Christopher Gravett takes us on a tour of the most magnificent castles throughout the world, with chapters ranging from the British Isles, France, Germany, the Low Countries, Austria, Switzerland, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Scandinavia, to Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as fortifications in the Muslim World, the Far East, and the United States. The author, former curator at the infamous Tower of London, explores the important roles that these castles played in warfare and in social history. He also provides a thorough look at the architectural history and function of these proud strongholds. Featuring nearly 200 beautiful full-color photographs, 30 reconstructions, and 70 detailed mapsplus more than 70 new illustrations unique to this paperback editionThe History of Castles is the ideal book for history enthusiasts, vacation planners, and anyone enamored by these breathtaking buildings.Gravett, Christopher is the author of 'History of Castles ', published 2007 under ISBN 9781599211107 and ISBN 1599211106.