Angled fortifications to protect against bombardment

The Italian Humanist polymath Leon Battista Alberti published the concept for Angled Fortifications to protect against bombardment. Leon suggested in his book De re aedificatoria (On the Art of Building), published in 1485, that serrated walls, especially those walls built in a star-shaped design, could withstand an artillery bombardment better than walls that were flat by nature.

In his book De re aedificatoria (On the Art of Building), promulgated in 1452 and published in 1485, he suggested that serrated walls, especially walls built in a star-shaped design, would withstand artillery bombardment better than flat walls.

      Leon Battista Alberti

Additional Information:

  • Leon Battista Alberti – Wikipedia
    Leon Battista Alberti was born in 1404 in Genoa. His mother is unknown, and his father was a wealthy Florentine who had been exiled from his own city, allowed to return in 1428.
  • Alberti and Military Architecture in Transition | SpringerLink
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  • Bailey the Early Effects of Gunpowder on Fortress Design – Scribd
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