Stephen Biesty's Castles by Meredith Hooper

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Stephen Biesty turns his attention to ten actual castles as they were on ten historic dates.
 

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Stephen Biesty studied illustration, specializing in historical and architectural drawings. His illustrations are unrivalled for their ambitious scope and extraordinary attention to detail. He lives in Somerset, England, with his wife and son.Meredith Hooper grew up in Australia, but went to the U.K. to do a post-graduate degree in history at Oxford. She is the author of many remarkable works for children, including Who Built the Pyramid? (Candlewick Press) and Endurance: Shackleton's Perilous Expedition in Antarctica (Abbeville Kids), plus twenty additional titles in BIP. Her books have been acclaimed for the way they distill a wealth of research into writing which is both simple and powerful. Meredith lives in London with her family.
 
Published September 1, 2004 by Enchanted Lion Books. 48 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Populating his huge scenes with enough tiny figures to fill several ancient cities, Biesty takes a lad and his merchant father down the Nile during the reign of Ramses II, pausing for tours of Amun-Ra’s temple at Karnak, the Valley of Kings and other prominent spots, culminating in a royal audien...

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Biesty renders each deck and duty in enthralling detail: the ship swarms with tiny men dousing fires, stowing or breaking out gear, working and playing with equal vigor, using the toilets, lying in the surgery near buckets of severed limbs, chasing rats in the stores.

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Introduced by brief texts and surrounded by captions incorporating historical lore, facts, and anecdotes, they contain hundreds of minute details of construction and function.

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Another Biesty marvel, the pages thronging with detail and color, bursting at the seams from all the information per square inch, and filled with wonderful oddities secreted in the illustrations (don't miss the prisoner left to rot in the fittingly named ``forget-me-not'').

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Once again, this team (Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections: Castle, 1994, etc.) invite readers on a fabulous tour that leads from an ``exploded'' view of the human body (all anatomy, skin, clothes, and accessories clearly visible in systematic drawings in which the mustache hovers in front of skin, t...

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Viewing human history from an unusual angle, Hooper and Biesty follow a scrap of gold as it passes through many forms and hands over thousands of years.

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Ten castles, including two that are not European, get the Biesty treatment, with full-spread, minutely detailed aerial views featuring cutaway sections and antlike swarms of residents.

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