Defending Your Castle is the world's first counterfactual DIY book. It's fun, educational, filled with science, brimming with history, and provides ideas and directions for a host of wonderful projects.
A man’s home is his castle, or so the saying goes, but could it
withstand an attack by Attila and the Huns, Ragnar and the Vikings,
Alexander and the Greeks, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, or Tamerlane and
Backyard Ballistics author William Gurstelle poses
this fascinating question to modern-day garage warriors and shows them
how to build an arsenal of ancient artillery and fortifications aimed at
withstanding these invading hordes.
Each chapter introduces a new bad
actor in the history of warfare, details his conquests, and features
weapons and fortifications to defend against him and his minions. Clear
step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build a
dozen projects, including “Da Vinci’s Catapult,” “Carpini’s Crossbow,” a
“Crusader-Proof Moat,” “Alexander’s Tortoise,” and the
With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives
tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind many of the
projects, and shows where to buy the materials. By the time they’ve
reached the last page, at-home defenders everywhere will have succeeded
in creating a fully fortified home.