How to Build the Perfect Castle

How to Build the Perfect Castle

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This is Epic History TV’s guide to building the perfect castle, based on the development of European medieval castles over 400 years of history. We trace the origins of the castle in the feudal system that emerged in France c.900 CE, and look at the early motte-and-bailey castle, used by the Normans to subjugate England and Wales in the 11th century. We then look at how castle’s became stronger and more sophisticated, with the addition of stone curtain walls, massive keeps, towers (square, round and D-shaped), as well as powerful gatehouses, barbicans, machicolations and moats.

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📚 Recommended reading (as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases):
📖 Castle: A History of the Buildings that Shaped Medieval Britain by Marc Morris
📖 Allen Brown’s English Castles by R Allen Brown
📖 Crusader Castles by Hugh Kennedy
📖 Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts

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🎶 Additional music from Crusader Kings 3, and from Kevin MacLeod ( ‘Rites’ & ‘Brandenburg No.4’, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 ttp://

Music: 0.00 Filmstro – Nanga; 1.05 Filmstro – Proteus; 2.08 In Taberna – Crusader Kings 3; 3.14 Dusking Sky – Crusader Kings 3; 5.28 Filmstro – Steel; 6.01 Filmstro – Parbat; 8.42 Filmstro – Centurion; 9.41 Kevin MacLeod – Rites; 10.51 Filmstro – Venus; 12.45 Filmstro – General; 14.38 Filmstro – Nanga; 16.08 Kevin MacLeod – Brandenburg No.4; 16.18 In Taberna – Crusader Kings 3.

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