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Castle Tower by Rosendahl
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Castles were built during the Middle Ages as fortified homes for kings and nobility.

Why did they build Castles?

During the Middle Ages much of Europe was divided up between lords and princes. They would rule the local land and all the people who lived there. In order to defend themselves, they built their homes as large castles in the center of the land they ruled. They could defend from attacks as well as prepare to launch attacks of their own from their castles.

Originally castles were made of wood and timber. Later they were replaced with stone to make them stronger. Castles were often built at the top of hills or where they could use some natural features of the land to help with their defense. After the Middle Ages castles weren't built as much, especially as larger artillery and cannon were designed that could easily knock down their walls.

Inside of Castle Walls
Warwick Castle by Walwegs

Castle Features

Although castle design varied widely throughout Europe, there were some similar features that many castles incorporated:
Famous Castles

Castle Entrance by Rosendahl

Fun Facts about Castles
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Becoming a Knight
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Tournaments, Jousts, and Chivalry

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Norman Conquest of 1066
Reconquista of Spain
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Justinian I
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