Earthwork and Timber Castles
Introductions to Heritage Assets
An introduction to earthwork and timber castles, including sections on ringworks, mottes and baileys.
A brief chronology (11th to 14th centuries) is included. Castles were the expression of power and of wealth, tempered by and combined with the over-riding need for security, and their development is touched upon here. Earthwork castles have associations with medieval parish churches, villages and towns, and strategic river crossings, ports, main roads, or high ground.
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