InSiege Warfare,Christopher Duffy sets the fortress at the center of history between 1494-1660, the time when gunpowder changed the shape of warfare. He explains and clarifies the elaborate calculations which lie behind fortress construction, showing how the period was shaped, in both its town planning and urban life, by the art of fortress building. The narrative begins in Renaissance Italy, considers the engineering of the Dutch and Spanish during the Eighty Years War, and covers the state-of-the-art in Britain, Scandinavia, Muscovy and Turkey. Duffy demonstrates the implications of the fortress for military organization, strategy, geography, law, architectural values, town life and symbolism, making it the first integrated survey of the phenomenon of siege warfare during its most creative period.
""Siege Warfare represents a valuable resource in the library of anyone interested in the contours of early modern warfare. The full meaning of developments in siege warfare remains still to be worked out by historians, but we can be confident that, when they do, they will use the materials so ably assembled by Christopher Duffy."
-"Sixteenth Century Journal