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Ok, you might have noticed, the link to this page is entitled Castles and Palaces. For now I am just going to provide a little vocabulary and some things you might want to look for on a visit to the castle. Eventually, I hope to address all the other stuff, like the evolution of castle design and what makes a castle a Palace.


Photo above - Bodiam Castle with its watery moat is what we typically think a castle should look like.

UK Castles:
Arundel Castle
Carrickfergus
Castle
N. Ireland
Bodiam Castle
Dunluce Castle N. Ireland

Dover Castle

Tower of London

St. Michael's Mount

Windsor Castle

Castles in Spain
Alhambra Castle
Malaga's Castle
Toledo's Castle

Outside links on Castles
 
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Photo Above - This 12th century Keep sits high up on an earthen mound (the motte).


Photo Above - shows a Battlement.

 

Merlon - the solid stone work between the vacant places called the Crenel.

Crenel - is the vacant place between two Merlons.

Parapet - any wall, or mound of soil/stone used for protection

When a parapet has alternating Merlons and Crenels it is known as a battlement.

The Bailey - usually refers to the inner courtyard of the Castle but sometimes it is a reference to the outer wall that surrounds the castle.

Photo left - the bailey at Arundel Castle

Moat - a wide and deep ditch that encircles a castle, it may or may not be filled with water.

 


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Information on this page comes form my July, 2006 visit to England
This page last updated September 2006