Medieval Castles Essay, Research Paper
Medieval Castles were huge protection camps made to
protect the king. They had every kind of defense known to
medieval man. From murder holes, to arrow-loops, a castle had it.
Medieval castles were usually built on a high rocky cliff
located by water. Castle locations were very hard to find and
sometimes months were spent looking for one. A moat was built
around the castle and was usually filled with sewage and bathroom
goodies. All these things played an important part in keeping
the castle strong and ready to fight.
A couple other defenses the castle had were murder holes;
soldiers would dump many things on the sieging warriors. Another
tactic was the arrow-loops; a small slender cut in the castle wall
that arrows could be shot out from but not in to. See Diagram.
Castles also had huge 20-foot walls to be protected from.
Only two-ways in or out from the wall were present. One in the
front of the castle where two iron gates had to be broken. Another
gate was located somewhere towards the back of the castle. It was
a secret gate that was very hard to find, and only the king knew
where the gate had been hidden. The gate was used during an
attack to escape from the siege.
In the middle of the castle there was a huge building called
the keep. This is where the king and queen slept, the kitchen and
armory was also located inside. The dinning quarters (the largest
room inside) was used very frequent and many employees were
assigned to it.
The castle was the heart and soul of the country. The king
and queen and all of their loyal servants were inside, running the
country. That s why villains would raid the castles for land or
money, knowing that they could hold the king and queen for
A interesting fact about castles were the kids who s job was
to go to a certain spot inside the castle and place the ear on the
ground listening for any sound that represented men digging. This
helped the soldiers inside the castle to dig and meet the digging