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5. Medieval

5.4 Medieval Castle Design

Motte and Bailey Castle


Lesson description

In this video, a castle designer is bidding for the approval of a panel of intimidating historic judges. While castles may be synonymous with the Medieval era, not all castles were alike and their owners had varying priorities – as the hapless designer is about to find out.

This lesson contains:

  • The design and dates of five key Medieval castle designs: the Motte and Bailey, Stone Keep, Concentric Castle, Moated Castle, and Manor House.
  • A look at how the changing lifestyle and priorities of Medieval society throughout the centuries affected the development of castle designs.
  • An introduction to analysing real examples of British castles, such as the Tower of London, as case studies to the wider Medieval history.