Fortress Builder: Bernard de Gomme, Charles II's Military Engineer by Andrew SaundersFortress Builder: Bernard de Gomme, Charles II's Military Engineer by Andrew Saunders

Fortress Builder: Bernard de Gomme, Charles II's Military Engineer

byAndrew Saunders

Hardcover | January 1, 2004

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This is the first study dedicated to the military engineer Bernard de Gomme, builder of many English citadels and forts. Very heavily illustrated and produced in a large format, it includes reproductions of many of de Gomme's original plans and drawings.
Bernard de Gomme started his English career when Prince Rupert recruited him as a fortifications expert at the beginning of the English Civil War. After the Restoration, he became Surveyor-General of the Ordnance Office. Though Dutch in origin, he was the contemporory equivalent of Louis XIV's great engineer Vauban.
De Gomme personifies the development of English military engineering during the late seventeenth century, at a time when bastioned fortification in Europe was at its most sophisticated. De Gomme's life and work are the central elements of the book, but the book also provides an education in seventeenth-century military fortification theory and practice.
Andrew Saunders is an authority with an international reputation in the field of military architecture, both of early medieval castles and later artillery fortifications. He was formerly Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings (Department of the Environment/English Heritage).
Title:Fortress Builder: Bernard de Gomme, Charles II's Military EngineerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 10.59 × 8.39 × 1.3 inPublished:January 1, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0859897516

ISBN - 13:9780859897518


Editorial Reviews

"This rounded analysis sets the work and achievement of de Gomme in its wider historical, political and technical context and skilfully traces his growing influence on design through his fortification commissions and his state appointments." Antiquaries Journal