Annals of A FortressBook - 1983
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"Annals of a Fortress" is presented as a 'history' of the fortifications and seven sieges of La Roche-Pont, an imaginary agricultural town in northern Burgundy, France. The author provides a fast moving and highly readable account of the development of fortifications and siege warfare from the earliest defences of the tribal 'oppidum' in the 4th century BC to the resistance of the Napoleonic garrison in the early months of 1814. By observing this single place, the reader acquires a thorough knowledge of the fictional topography and the gradual transformation of the rural economy. The seven sieges of La Roche-Pont's warlike history are vividly described which helps to carry the narrative along at a brisk pace. Many readers may fail to notice that they are, at the same time, being instructed and given a political message. [Taken from the Introduction]
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