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S: Castles By: Erin Schmick and Sophia Barone

BC: Sophia Barone | Erin Schmick | Erin Schmick is a seventh grader that goes to Eyer Middle School. Her favorite thing to do is softball, and she likes to hang out with her friends. | Sophia Barone is a seventh grader that goes to Eyer middle school. She loves to do dance, listen to music and hang out with her friends.

FC: Castles | By: Erin Schmick and Sophia Barone

1: Castles | By: Erin Schmick and Sophia Barone | Eyer Middle School | April 8, 2011

2: Types of Castles | The first and earliest castle was built in the ninth and tenth century by Charlemagne in France. It was built out of earth and timber. After the first castle was built, many others were built in France, Germany, Spain, and England.

3: Architecture | To pick the site of a castle, the builder has to know the location and the people near. The castles were built for two things, a fortress and a residence. These castles were built by servants and serfs that were owned by the lords.

4: People who lived in the castle | The people who lived in the castle were the lord, the lady, the constable, the castellan, the marshall, the chamberlain, the steward, the peasants, and the serfs. If the lord and lady have a family, they would live in the castle too.

5: What was life inside a castle? | Life inside a castle is a luxurious life, but not for the peasants and serfs. The lords and ladies are settled on the top floor were the bedrooms and apartments are located. The families and servants walked through the great halls on the first floor in peace, while the servants slaved all day in the kitchen and storeroom.

6: Chapel and Prison | The chapel was an important room in a Christian castle, and it was located in the upper part of the lower hall. The chapel had an important role for the people because it lets them have a chance to pray, and it helps them focus. The prison was located in the basement, and prisoners went there if they stole something, if they killed someone, or if they did any kind of crime.

7: Defensive Tactics | Protecting a castle in the Medieval Ages was a tough task. When the lords, nobles, and nights are defending a castle, they would use catapults, bow and arrows/crossbows, swords, and heavy dangerous missiles/stones. They would fight against the barbarians. Some of their strong tricks would be the drawbridge, the moats, the gateway, and the "Murder Holes" as the Barbarians would call them.

8: Gates and Walls | The walls of the castle were made out of stone and earth, and the gates were made out of stone, metal, and iron. They would both be about 35 feet tall. These things were made for protection for the lord and style for the land. The knights would use these gates and walls for a secret attack against the enemies. After the servants and serfs made them, the armed men that were looking over the castle would also be taking control of the gates and walls.

9: This was a diary found from princess Isabella.

10: Monday May 11, c. 910 | Dear Diary, | Its moving day! I'm moving to a new castle and I'm super excited! It's my 14th birthday today, and I got this diary. I'm moving to the castle with my father, King Henry, my mother, Queen Elizabeth, my brother, Prince Edward, and my sister, Princess Margaret. Me? Well, I'm Princess Isabella.

11: Tuesday May 12, c. 910 | Dear Diary, | Today, Margaret and I are taking a tour through the castle. While we were walking through the great hall, we saw the carpet made out of velvet, the walls made out of gold, the portraits made with great detail. The bedrooms are filled with diamonds and jewels of every shape and color. Every time a servant would see us, he/she would ask us," Do you need anything?" I love it here!

12: Wednesday May 13, c. 910 | Dear Diary, | Today is family day for us. We can go on a picnic, go to the beach that is right near by, go to the park, play some games in the castle, and just hang around and talk together. If my parents and siblings are busy on this day, I can do some things on my own. I can do some things like write in my diary, play around the castle, talk to my friends (servants), and just walk around the neighborhood. The sad thing is that sometimes, it gets really lonely around here.

13: Bibliography | Gravett, Christopher. Castle. New York Dorling Kindersley, 1994. Print. Mcdonald, Fiona. A Medieval Castle. New York: Peter Bedrick, 1992. Print. Sheehan, Sean. Castles. London: Franklin Watts, 2005. Print.

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