If your home is your castle, you’ll delight in this irreverent and entertaining account of fortified housing, from simple timber buildings encircled by stockades and deep ditches, to elaborate stone palaces protected by curtain walls, towers and moats. Who built them and why? What were their strengths and uncomfortable weaknesses? How did kings and lords keep their knights out of trouble during peacetime? Discover the vital difference between donjon and dungeon, how to feed 150 people every day, torture your prisoners and fight fleas. Based on 59 castles in Britain, Europe, the Middle East, India and Japan. Hardcover, 4" x 6"; 192 pages, playfully illustrated.