English Medieval Castles - a really fascinating subject! Medieval Knights, their ladies, the Battles, the Kings and their Knights! Great stone fortresses providing a stronghold, a haven of safety! The Medieval Castles, built in the Middle or Dark Ages saw many great battles.
"A safe retreat against intrusion or invasion"
These old Medieval Castles were a symbol of wealth and power and were often the centre of historic battles and Medieval sieges! These great old castles were built for Medieval warfare and defence.
- Why were they important?
- Who built the great fortresses? What was their History?
- What were the different styles of Architecture?
- The Moats! Dungeons! Towers! Murder Holes!
- What were the other parts of the fortresses called?
- What were the battles like? What weapons did they use?
- Who lived in the them?
- What was life like in the old English Medieval Castles?
- What are the greatest and most famous?
Life in Medieval Castles
The life of the Kings, Queens, Knights, Lords and Ladies were made comfortable by their servants. What was life like in the Medieval castles?
- Who were the Medieval Kings and Queens of the Middle Ages?
- What different rooms were there?
- What was the function of the Great Hall?
- What entertainment was there?
- Medieval Jousting and Tournaments at the castle?
- What was Medieval food and drink like for the people who lived and worked in the castles?
- What was the furniture like?
- What was the Knight's Code of Chivalry?
The Medieval era spanned many hundreds of years from the Norman Invasion of 1066 up to the Tudor dynasty of the 1500's. During this time the architecture and living standards in the Medieval castles changed considerably. The History of the great fortresses followed through several distinct periods:
The Wooden Motte and Bailey Middle Ages Castles
The Romanesque Medieval Castles of the Normans which featured the Stone Keeps
The massive Concentric Castles built by Edward I
The changes to the Middle Ages Castle with the emergence of Gothic Architecture
The Coastal forts and palatial luxury of the Middle Ages Tudor Castles
Facts and information regarding of all of these subjects are covered in considerable detail via the links provided on this site. Everything you need to know about a castle built during the Middle Ages and the lives of the people who lived in them!