Medieval Castles

Castles are a marvel to behold, so much effort went into their creation, so much history happened within their walls. There’s still so much that we don’t know, no one even knows how many castles exist in this world. Some estimate there’s as many as 25,000 castles in Germany alone.

What is a castle anyways? In the simplest sense, a castle is a fortified structure. Predominantly castles served as private fortified residences for lords and nobles. These lords would oversee the surrounding lands, utilizing these castles as administrative centers and even areas for merchants to conduct trade. Most lords would act as vassals and pledge their castles, lands, and armies to a King.

The term castle is derived from the Latin word castellum, meaning “fortified place”

Learn more of Motte and Bailey Castles. A common fortification in Castles from the 11th to 13th centuries

Learn of the high towers within a castle, often seen as a symbol of power and as a refuge of last resort, these stone keeps carried conseriderable political and military importance

Learn of the tremendous high walls enclosing the bailey of a castle. The importance these walls had in the defense of the structure

Learn of this classic defense against siege weapons. Used by countless castles including the famous Bodiam Castle in Sussex, England