This book deals with the evolution of architecture in the fortified urban environment in the 17th and 18th centuries and with the organisation of the corps of royal engineers and the transmission of knowledges therein, with a brief review on this matter from the reign ofSaint-Louis.
This study questions the role of the army and its influence on urban planning at the time. In fact, fortifications adapted to military requirements with the main purpose of being defensive towns.
Written in 1976, this book aims to raise readers’ awareness about fortified heritage and is based on older sources that have been transcribed and illustrated by the author. More than an essay, it provides essential information in understanding fortified architecture.