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Defending Your Castle

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Fend off the invading hordes.

  • Protect your house old school style
  • Learn how to build moats and catapults and more
  • You’ll finally feel safe from whatever horde you imagine is invading

Your home is your castle, 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? Engineer William Gurstelle poses this fascinating question to modern-day garage warriors, and shows how to build an arsenal of ancient artillery and fortifications aimed at withstanding these invading hordes. This is the joy of Defending Your Castle!

Each chapter introduces new bad actors in the history of warfare, details their conquests, and features weapons and fortifications to defend against them - culminating, by the end of the book, in a fully fortified home. Clear step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and photographs explain how to build a dozen projects from table-top models of the Cheval-de-frise, Da Vinci's Catapult, and Alexander's Tortoise to the full-size working Carpini's Crossbow, Hour-Glass Watchtower, and Palisade Wall. With a strong emphasis on safety, Defending Your Castle also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind many of the projects, and shows where to find the best materials. You're already the lord or lady of your castle - now defend it like one!

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