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Medieval Castles

Post  Talia A. on Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:03 am

Medieval castles were built in Europe for more than 500 years (1000 AD to 1550 AD) because of the collapse of the Roman Empire. They started out as a wooden stronghold with a fence to border it to protect small armies. But by the 1100s monarchs and nobles owned huge stone castles with high walls, towers, and drawbridges to protect larger armies. These castles were built so well and organized that they can still be seen today which gives us more information about them and about their history. To make it easier to defend castles, they had only very small slits for windows, and very thick walls. Around the keep (central tower) there was often a deep place full of water, and you could only way you could go by it was by crossing a drawbridge. By the 1400s people weren't as interseted in castles anymore because they learned about gunpowder in China and they would make cannons and blow up even the thickest castle walls. That's when they realized that castles may be pointless.
In 1066 England was controlled by castles because William the Conqueror built many castles all around Europe realizing that they were the best protection unlike the walls they used to use. Walls used to be affective until weapons started getting better, that is a reason that they started building these castles. The crusades brought the castles to its highest point. Richard the Lionheart was bulding Europe's most formidable castle, but before he got to complete it he died, leaving it to his brother to complete but his brother, John lost it in a long battle.

Do you think the castles helped the Roman Empire's protection?

SOURCES:
World History Textbook (p.187)
http://www.medieval-castle.com/
http://www.medieval-castles.net/
http://www.medieval-castle.com/history.htm
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/medieval/architecture/castle.htm


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Re: Medieval Castles

Post  Philippe Bissonnette on Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:38 pm

Medieval castles are really interesting because of there archetecture and their porpose. However i think that Medieval castles were very good to protect the king but it would be pointless if heavy artilery came like catapult, trebuches, and battleing rammes came close enough to destroy it.
interesting topic.

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Re: Medieval Castles

Post  julia oriol on Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:48 am

It very sad that after all the hard work it takes to build a castle they would explode it and damage it. Yes i think it helped protection because they were very strong built and it was another challenge.

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Re: Medieval Castles

Post  Maria Jose on Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:35 pm

It must have been very disappointing for the people who built the castles because after the Chinese came up with gunpowder they were totally destroyed. Sad

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Post  chiaracasoni on Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:56 am

The castles seemed to have very good protection but later on technology got more advanced and it was easier to bring down those walls and towers. Good job

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Re: Medieval Castles

Post  Drew Smity Smith on Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:02 am

I think that if the castle builders tried harder they would have been able to defend themselves much better against the chinese.

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