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Castle were built to express the power of the lords by the richness and the massive strength

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Castles were built to express the power of the lord or king and to show the richness and the massive strength. They defended the local area by being an administrative centre for the lords were he would enforce his rights. These include holding court collecting taxes and imprisoning wrongdoers in the castle sometime. A key defensive feature of Rochester castle is that it's next to the river Medway. This was a good defensive feature because it blocks one side being used for an attack. Another key defensive feature of Rochester castle is that it is on a trade road. This was a good defensive feature because it would have had good communication with other city and town this also could be good because they would get supply in very quickly. Another key defensive feature was that is on a hill. This was a good defensive feature because the defenders would have been able see the emery come so they would have being ready for an on coming fight. ...read more.

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Rochester castle had a number of weak spots where attackers could enter the castle so this was added as an extra precaution. The entrance to the castles was on the first floor so attackers had to climb up the stairs to get into the castles forebuilding. This meant attacker couldn't get rams to the door. If the attacker got the got to the forebuilding thee doors were at a 90 degree so they would not be able to turn the ram around. Here there were two very small windows that the defenders would have fired out of at the enemy. The windows in the castle got winder the further of the ground you got. This was because there was a less danger of attackers climbing in them and getting into the castle. However a castles had, problems one of which was the doorway were made of wood which meant that they could be set on fire and knot down easily. To avoid a metal gill was put in front of the door. ...read more.

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Also at this time the all of the corners were square this was a weak point as they could be knocked down by battering rams and throwing machines. They Could also be undermine which that you dig under the castles and this takes out the wall. Over all I thing that it would be very hard to attack a castle this is because there were lot of defensive that were very good. I think the best way of attacking a castle would be by putting it under a siege. This was very good because attackers would not lose that many lives and also you that know the defenders would have to give up when they had no more food left. How ever there were problems with this attack this was that it cost a lot of money to put a castle under siege. Sam Prowse 10JD ?? ?? ?? ?? Describe the defensive features of Rochester castle before 1215. ...read more.

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