James M Deem didn't really know much about medieval castles when he was growing up; he was more interested in ghosts and UFOs.
But his son David developed an early interest in castles and all things medieval. This motivated Deem to begin reearching the topic of castles. Over the course of many years, he was able to visit many different castles all over Europe. One day he still hopes to write a book that reflects his fascination with these unique fortifications.
Here are five castle stories that he has written:
The Siege of Kildrummy Castle -- a very short story about the aftermath of the siege at a Scottish castle and an unfortunate blacksmith
The Deadly Siege of Rochester Castle -- an account of one of the most famous castle sieges of all time
Master James of St. George, Castle Builder -- a short biography of the early career of Master James, considered by many to be the best castle builder of all
Beaumaris Castle, Master James's Masterpiece -- a description of the Welch castle, including its revolutionary but ultimately flawed design
A Few Words about Castle Toilets -- one of the most overlooked, but quite important, parts of a medieval castle