• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. How far is it possible to say when Wollaton hall was built?

    Sir Francis Willoughby wished to gain attention by owning the tallest house in the east midlands. Sir Francis Willoughby was an over active, complicated, restless and unhappy person. His family had been involved with supporting the claim of Lady Jayne Grey to the French throne.

  2. Castles, the key to power in Medieval England

    It was also a very easy target for invaders. A new gate house was not only a better defence but a more comfortable home for the Constable or Baron then the wooden building on the motte. Henry then realised barons were making their castles stronger so he did not allow barons to build their own private castles, unless they had a special licence given by the king.

  1. Why was a castle built and maintained in York?

    this is the time in which York castle began to be seen as part of York's landscape. In 71AD the Romans situated themselves in York to build a fort. They saw York as a perfect place to settle as there were two rivers (Foss & Ouse)

  2. What were the motives of the attackers of 9/11

    and Europe hold an extremely large Jewish population, far more than Muslims, so whenever the UN decide to make a new proposition over the problem, it tends to be biased towards Israel. For example the UN made an unpopular decision in the 1980's to only allow Jews into the Temple

  1. Ludlow Castle.

    It was left in a ruin. It seemed that the people of Ludlow did no longer need the castle in terms of housing. The castle went through a final stage in its life. This stage is from the 20th-21st century.

  2. Introduction To Castles

    These more substantial buildings soon became home to the Lord and his retainers. It is an axiom of military design that each improvement in design creates its own destruction as the attacker soon learns to overcome the latest technology. Thus castle building became a never ending program of updating to create defensive protection.

  1. Was Oystermouth Castle typical of the castles built in Wales during the middle Ages?

    At that time Gower was on the border of Norman control, at this period the Welsh controlled parts of Wales, which made it very unsettled with rebellion and attacks. For this reason, the Normans had to built castles to protect themselves, their fertile farmland and the coast.

  2. What was Framlingham Castle like in 1215?

    above the portcullis and the holes may have been used during the alteration and not filled in. The prison tower is very strange, as it probably was never used as a prison. Prisons should be in the middle of the castle and in a tower to keep would be rescuers out, this however is outside and underground leaving it vulnerable.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work