Defending your Castle

Defending your Castle

Build Catapults, Crossbows, Moats, Bulletproof Shields, and More Defensive Devices

eBook - 2014
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A man's home is his castle, or so the saying goes, but could it withstand an attack by Attila and the Huns, Ragnar and the Vikings, Alexander and the Greeks, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, or Tamerlane and the Tartars? Backyard Ballistics author William Gurstelle poses this fascinating question to modern-day garage warriors and shows them how to build an arsenal of ancient artillery and fortifications aimed at withstanding these invading hordes. Each chapter introduces a new bad actor in the history of warfare, details his conquests, and features weapons and fortifications to defend against him and his minions. Clear step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build a dozen projects, including Da Vinci's Catapult, Carpini's Crossbow, a Crusader-Proof Moat, Alexander's Tortoise, and the Cheval-de-frise. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind many of the projects, and shows where to buy the materials. By the time they've reached the last page, at-home defenders everywhere will have succeeded in creating a fully fortified home.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, Incorporated, [2014]
ISBN: 9781613746851
Branch Call Number: 623.4 Gu
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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While your castle may not actually need defending, you will find instructions and historically grounded plans for building defensive military machines. A fun look at military history and maybe even the inspiration for a science fair project.

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Feb 02, 2015

Perfect if you were a kid like me and spent time building trebuchets out of Lego. Would be fun if you had an older child to build some of these projects.

Jan 28, 2015

not my cup of tea really. I thought it would be a funny read. I was wrong.


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Nov 16, 2014

I returned this book to the library some time ago and have asked the librarian to do an in-house search for it.

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