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The Amazing Castles

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FC: The Amazing Castles | By: Sara DeBerardinis and Courtney Compton

1: Author's Page | Sara: | Courtney: | Courtney is 12 years old in 7th grade. She loves to spend time with friends and family, and she loves cheer-leading. | Sara is 12 years old and in 7th grade. She loves to play volley-ball. She also loves hanging out with friends and watching movies with her family.

2: The First Castles: | Castles first appeared in Britain sometime after 1066, when William the Conqueror won the battle of Hastings. The early castles were made of wood. Norman invaders invented the moat, and bailey. A moat is a ring of usually water surrounding a castle. If someone wanted to get over the moat, someone inside the castle would have to let down the drawbridge, a kind of door. Drawbridges had to be cranked down by someone inside of the castle.A bailey is the enclosed area around the castle. Baileys helped protect a castle. If someone wanted to attack a castle, he or she would have to get passed the bailey. William the conqueror of Normandy built the first castle.

3: One of the first castles built, in the early Middle Ages.

4: People and life in a castle: | Life in the castles of the Middle Ages was either hard work or very boring. | Medieval Castle life was strictly governed by the Medieval Feudal System - a Pyramid of Power! If you were a Lord at the top of the Pyramid of life was obviously full of the comforts of life. The lower down the Feudal Pyramid the less pleasant the lifestyle.

5: Royalty, such as kings and queens lived in castles during the Middle Ages. | Medieval king | Medieval queen

6: What were castles made for: | Castles were made as homes. Typically the king or queen would live there. | Castles were also made as protection. If there was an attack, the peasants would go to the castle for protection.

7: Some peasants go to a castle for protection. | A castle is also a home.

8: Building a Castle: | Building a castle wasn't easy, they were very expensive and could cost thousands of dollars to build just a part of the castle. The workers might have had to destroy whole forests to build part of a castle.

9: The decrease of castle building: | By 1500, castles became much less important in Europe. Cannons were invented, so it was easy to knock down a castle. Also, many nobles wanted more comfy housing.

10: Castle Invaders and Defense: | When invading a castle, most people would try to make the castle walls collapse by using a battering ram to ram into the walls of a castle. | A solution of defense would be to build a moat, to make it harder for invasion. Another idea of how to defend a castle is using arrow loops. Arrow loops would allow you to shoot out of the castle, but most people cant shoot in.

12: The Remains of castles today: | There are remains of great castles standing proudly and defiantly after hundreds of years. | These castles were built in the middle ages. The peak years for castle building were between 1066 and 1350.

13: Some of the early built castles that remain today would be the Bossiney Castle, Bottreaux Castle which both today remain as a mound, and Tintagel Castle that you see today dates from around 1233, and legendary home of King Arthur.

14: Dear diary, It is hard being a peasant. I am happy that we have the castle though. Just last week there was a attack all the people in the town had to go and hide in the keep. Many of us could have died without it. Well now I have to go and work in the farm I am happy I had this time to write though.!!!!! | Primary Source

15: Works Cited: | Gravett, Christopher. Castle. New York: Knopf, 1994. Print. Macdonald, Fiona, and Mark Bergin. A Medieval Castle. London: Simon & Schuster, 1990. Print. Sheehan, Sean, and Peter Dennis. Castles. North Mankato, MN: Smart Apple Media, 2005. Print.

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