Imagine your home is your castle. In case of an emergency situation, you’d want to defend it the best way possible and gain knowledge on how to withstand an attack, the old-school way. The full name of this book is Defending Your Castle: Build Catapults, Crossbows, Moats, Bulletproof Shields, and More Defensive Devices to Fend Off the Invading Hordes, so this should give you a better picture of what it’s all about.
In the history of warfare, the world has seen so many invasions, conquests and fortifications. The author of this book, an engineer William Gurstelle, wanted to homage some of the greatest ones like Attila and the Huns, Ragnar and the Vikings, Alexander and the Greeks, Genghis Khan and the Mongols. Each chapter introduces another famous bad guy character and shows what techniques were used to defend against them. It’s written in many details, so you can fully understand it.
Of course, the title wouldn’t be fair if this book doesn’t include ways to defend your own home. You’ll get diagrams, photographs and step by step instructions to learn how to build different projects, like “Da Vinci’s Catapult,” “Carpini’s Crossbow,” a “Crusader-Proof Moat,” “Alexander’s Tortoise,” and the “Cheval-de-frise.”
There are many useful tips in this book, like where to get the best materials. It also explains how the physics of a certain project work. It’s written in a manner that highlights the safety of each project, just in case you get carried away and don’t pay that much attention to it.
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