What are Castles? Castle Life Explored ,Learn about Castles and Medieval Life
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~ Castles are such a common sight in England but have you ever wondered what a castle actually is?
What are Castles ?
~ Who built the first castle? ~ We are going to explore castle life and famous castles ~ Today english royalty the queen of england still wn several castles like windsor castle and the famous Tower of London ~ Lets explore knights in shining armour and tales of princess castles ~ All pages suitable for castle lessonplans, unit studies and general learning about english castles and foreign equivalents
~ The latin origin for the name for Castle is Latin castellum, ~ this is derived from diminutive of castra, a military camp ~ icastrum is the plural and means watchpost - origins of fort, a camp and fortified enclosure. What is a castle then? ~ the term castle is most often applied to a self-contained fortress, usually of the Middle Ages ~ A castle was primarily a military structure ~They were most often built on good vantage points - hills and cliffs. They usually had a defensive ring around them in the form of a moat, wall or ditch. ~ Castles were home to Kings, Queens and powerful nobility. Castles became places of protection not only for their wealthy owners, but also for the local people. ~ Castles are generally large, fortified buildings.
What are castles made of?
~ the first castles were made of wood ~Later castles needed to be stronger and so stone was used in their construction. ~In contrast to the simple motte and bailey wooden constructions, stone castle were very expensive and time consuming to build. ~ A decent motte and bailey castle could be constructed in a matter of days. This was a very important skill for invading armies. ~ Most castles in England were built after the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066. ~ William the Conqueror was responsible for the building of a great many castles in England and Wales. ~ His most famous being the Tower of London.
What are castles? What is a castle is a question that we are going to explore more. What did castle life and indeed medieval life in the middle ages look like? Who was william the conqueror? Lets also take a look at some of the famous castles like the Tower of london .Come and explore Castle Kids Info with us!
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