The author notes he has divided this text into two distinct sections. The first gives a detailed history of castle building in Britain, illustrated both verbally and pictorially with specific reference to the castles of Kent. The second part of the book takes the form of a gazetteer in which he has listed all the castles in Kent known to him. Regrettably, a few sites have had to be omitted because of the lack of authoritative information on them. Kent, because of its close proximity to the Continent, has often presented the first obstacle to any intending invader of these islands. In consequence it has acquired a large and very varied collection of castles dating from almost every period of castellar construction, making it an ideal county in which to study the history of fortification generally. 264 page hard cover full of illustrations, photographs and maps and index.