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Defending your castle : build catapults, crossbows, moats, bulletproof shields, and more defensive devices to fend off the invading hordes

Gurstelle, William (author.).

Summary: 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.

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  • ISBN: 9781613746820
  • ISBN: 1613746822
  • Physical Description: print
    vii, 168 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, Incorporated, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: A cast of bad actors -- Ghenghis Khan and the Mongols -- Attila and the Huns -- Alexander the Great and the Greeks -- Tamerlane and the Tatars -- Peter the Hermit and his crusaders -- Ragnar Lodbrok and the Vikings -- Conclusion.
Subject: Catapult Design and construction
Crossbows Design and construction
Fortification Design and construction
Siege warfare
Fortification Design and construction
Siege warfare

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