Château de Lassay, Lassay-les-Châteaux, Mayenne, France. The original castrum or…

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Château de Lassay, Lassay-les-Châteaux, Mayenne, France. The original castrum or…

Castle Châtelard was built in 1441 by Jean de Gingins as a defence tower during the Burgundian wars. As you can see, it was well positioned on the top of a hill. This makes it a castle of the motte-and-bailey type.

Castle Châtelard was built in 1441 by Jean de Gingins as a defence tower during the Burgundian wars. As you can see, it was well positioned on the top of a hill. This makes it a castle of the motte-and-bailey type.

Totnes Castle, Totnes, Devon England.  The surviving stone keep and curtain wall date from around the 14th century. Totnes Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman motte (as in "motte and bailey" castle) in England.

Totnes Castle, Totnes, Devon England. The surviving stone keep and curtain wall date from around the 14th century. Totnes Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman motte (as in "motte and bailey" castle) in England.

Medieval Motte and Bailey Castle

Medieval Motte and Bailey Castle

Au temps des royaumes barbares 22 - Chateau en motte - Pierre Joubert

Au temps des royaumes barbares 22 - Chateau en motte - Pierre Joubert

Wigmore Castle, The outer bailey housed stables, granaries and other storage buildings. The inner bailey was defended by an H-shaped gatehouse, a deep, double ditch and a curtain wall, which includes four surviving towers, and was the main residential area of the castle. One corner of the great hall still survives. Above this loomed the keep, with massive walls and a tall round tower set on a motte.

Wigmore Castle, The outer bailey housed stables, granaries and other storage buildings. The inner bailey was defended by an H-shaped gatehouse, a deep, double ditch and a curtain wall, which includes four surviving towers, and was the main residential area of the castle. One corner of the great hall still survives. Above this loomed the keep, with massive walls and a tall round tower set on a motte.

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