3 Motte & Bailey Earliest form of castles built Made entirely of wood The MotteOn a large hilla wooden keep (lookout).surrounded with a large wooden fence.The Baileyseparated from the Motte by a wooden bridgecould be removed if the Bailey was occupied by enemies. where people lived and animals were kept.
4 Stone Keep Castle Better form of defense. stone keep with thick walls and few windows.might be surrounded by a ditch or moatentrance to the castle was by drawbridge.
5 Concentric Castles 12th and 13th Centuries Offered the best protection Center: inner wall built of thick stone with turrets positioned at intervalsOuter: an equally thick but lower stone wall.
6 Concentric Castlesarchers on the inner walls can fire over the archers on the outer walls. space between the two walls: 'death hole'surrounded with a moat and entry would be across a drawbridge.
7 Fire Best way to attack the early Motte and Bailey castles bonfire against the outer wooden fence or by archers shooting fire-arrows into the castle.Fire has little effect on a stone castle.Those living inside would be forced to leave allowing the attackers to take them prisoner or kill them.This was one of the reasons why Motte and Bailey castles were soon replaced by Stone Keep castles
8 Battering RamThe thick stone walls of the Stone Keep castles were difficult for men to knock down.The battering ram was particularly useful since the weight of several men would be put behind it.This could seriously weaken and possibly destroy doors or walls.
9 LaddersLadders were used by those attacking a castle to climb over the walls and fight the people living in the castle.Disadvantage - leaving the man climbing the ladder subject to attack by arrow, boiling water or oil, or by being thrown to the ground if the ladder was pushed away from the wall.To prevent this type of attack the Belfry or Siege Tower was developed.
10 Belfry The Belfry was a large structure on wheels that could be pushed up to the castle walls. (siege tower)Ladders inside the Belfry allowed attackers to climb to the top under cover and get into the castle.Castle owners prevented this type of attack by piling earth up against the castle walls so that the Belfry, which was on wheels, could not be pushed near to the castle.
11 CatapultA variety of catapults or siege engines were developed during the Middle Ages to hurl:fire stones,fireballsdead sheep, cattle, or plague victims
12 Mining A good way of attacking a stone castle. Attackers would dig a tunnel underground up to the castle walls.They would then set a charge and make an explosion which would make the walls crumble and collapse.Advantage - the attack could not be seen by those living in the castle.However, if those inside the castle were aware that attackers were mining underground, they would often mine from the castle to meet the attackers underground and there would be a sword battle.
13 Siege Good way of attacking a stone castle. Attackers would surround a castle with both men and catapults so that no one could enter or leave the castle.Sieges could last for monthsUsually until the inhabitants of the castle ran out of food and were starving.One of the castle owner's main line of defense against siege was to send all women, children, old, weak and sick people out of the castle.This meant that only those strong enough to fight off attackers remained in the castle and that the food supply would last much longer.
14 True or False Quiz1. The best way to attack an early castle was with fire. 2. Fire was a good way to attack a stone castle. 3. Battering rams were used to knock people out of the way. 4. Pick axes were sometimes used to knock holes through thin stone walls. 5. Ladders were used to climb castle walls. 6. The belfry tower was a closed in ladder on wheels. 7. A mangonel was used underground. 8. Tunnels were often dug underground and castles exploded from underneath. 9. A siege was used to starve people out of the castle. 10. Sieges were usually over very quickly.
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