Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Stephen Biesty Cross-Sections Castle

A19EbE1E4kL__AA1500_Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections Castle
Published at DK Canada

About the book

An intimate guide to the inside of a castle and the lives of its residents, this Stephen Biesty classic details the workings of a medieval fortress.

With intricately detailed cross-sections, each layer of a castle is presented, so readers can explore layer upon layer of castle life including the people, their possessions, and how they lived, as well as how they defended themselves from enemy attacks and settled down for an evening of entertainment. Each time readers turn the page, they'll discover new details, making this the ultimate "insider's guide" to the structure of a castle and the lives of its inhabitants.

My Thoughts

When you are an homeschooler and you study history you will enter the Medieval times at some point.   Studying the Medieval era without looking at a castle wouldn’t be the same.   But in Canada, there isn’t many castles around… Not like in England or Scotland for example.   Consequently, you have to rely on books which will give you an idea what life in a castle would be back in the Medieval times.

One such book is highly visual and will allow you to explore various levels of a castle.   More specifically you will learn the parts of a castle, discover the castle gate, learn how the preparing for an attack was made, see how it was when the king was under siege, discover what the prison looked like, learn about the feudal system, see how a castle was built and how repairs were made, imagine the life of a lord, discover the type of clothing and the work held by various people, see a noble family, participate to a feast, enjoy entertainment, watch the knights, learn more about the food during Medieval times, explore the weaponry, and learn how lawbreakers were dealt with. 

Be careful though as you go through the pages of this book.  A spy is hiding and your challenge would be to find him.   You will have the official warrant on page 6 of the book right before entering the life during Medieval times.   Most pages will show you a side view of the castle with all the rooms included.  You will see characters living there and how they dress, you will have tidbits of information through all the pages to grasp a better understanding of castles during an amazing period of time in history.

Packed with photos and illustrations, this book is a great visual feast when you want to learn more about castles.   You can see that the author has taken the time to be precise and illustrate numerous sections of a castle.   It’s a wonderful reference to have in your personal library when you are studying the Medieval times.

Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections Castle is available for purchase at your favourite bookstore, even and


Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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