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Bodiam Castle.

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Introduction

Bodiam castle was built between 1585 -88 in east Sussex by Sir Edward Dalyngrige. There is still a mystery on why Bodiam castle was built; many historians still don't know exactly why Bodiam castle was built. Some historians say Bodiam castle was built as a defensive feature against a possible French inversion, some say it was built as a rich old soldier's dream house or a luxurious rich mans hotel. I agree with both historians who think this way. In this essay I going to consider both reasons on what historians think Bodiam castle was built. Firstly I will consider whether Bodiam castle was built as a defensive feature against a possible French inversion. I agree with historians who think this that Bodiam castle was built as a defensive feature against a possible French invasion because of the following reasons: HUNDRED YEARS WAR The hundred years war between the French and the English was not going as planed for the English. ...read more.

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The picture below shows how river Rother was in 1588. THE PILL BOX The pillbox shows the significant of Bodiam castle it was built in 1939during the Second World War as a protection against the Germany. (This was not one of the reason why Bodiam castle was built but this shows Bodiam castle's significance) ATTACKERS TACTICS If an enemy wanted to attack a Castles he had to decide what the castles' weak points were and which siege weapons would be the most effective. The attackers had to know the castles weak points. The attackers would come with different types of simple weapons such as: scaling ladders, siege towers, trebuchet, mango Ned etc. Bodiam castle had to built with a special architecture to avoid the attackers from using the above-mentioned reasons. The castle had different types of defensive features, which prove that Bodiam castle was built as a defensive feature against a possible French inversion. ...read more.

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THE BARBICAN This was a guardhouse strictly or heavily guarded by soldiers, it also had a portcullis to trap enemies. Only having passed through the barbican could the attackers proceed to the castles main gate. But before they reached or entered the main gate, on top of the castle where machicolations. THE MAIN GATE The main gate had all the paraphernalia of military e.g. mighty oak doors, portcullis (three of them) and murder holes. The main was strictly guarded my soldiers using both arrows and guns. If attackers managed to get pass the main gate, there was a place called the killing ground. The picture bellow shows a portcullis at Bodiam castles main gate. THE KILLING GROUND If attackers managed to get pass the through the main gate there was a small passage leading to what is known as the killing ground. In the killing ground on top where were murder holes. The murder holes were also used like machicolations except machicolations had bigger holes. Two portcullises also protected the killing ground. ...read more.

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