The Castle and the War of the Roses written by Dan Spencer and published by Pen & Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 242.

This book is a study of the role of castles during the War of the Roses period. Vivid accounts of major episodes associated with castles during the conflict, including the siege of Bamburgh Castle in 1464. The author looks at the strategy and logistics of the castles and strongholds and how they have influenced the campaigns and demonstrates the role of siege warfare. Dan Spencer’s book provides a fascinating contribution to the literature on the War of the Roses and siege warfare in the Middle Ages.

What a good book, not just your usual ‘let’s talk about the War of the Roses’ type thing that is like a side issue, in this book more importance is put on the castles and the pro’s and con’s to that. An excellent book to get you to learn more about and the strategy of castles and battles involving them. Also just looking at a few castles gave you the concentration and the point of what the author was trying to get you to grasp. I used to love learning about castles, and this book has certainly rekindled this interest, hopefully Dan Spencer will be ask to write more books in a similar vein. The text was very well supported by a number of good photographs and excellent diagrams. There is also a good notes section at the back and list of castles too. A 5 star read from me.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.