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GCSE History Coursework-Objectives Two and Three History Around Us "Bodium Castle shows today more than any other document, the way in which castle buildings had developed in the 14th century." Bodium castle was built in the 14th century by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a Sussex knight. He was given permission by King Richard II to do this and the castle was completed around 1388. Bodium castle was essentially a home but was later strengthened in fear of attack. The Site Bodium is built on a rectangular island set in a large moat. The entrance is across a wooden bridge. Originally, there were three portcullises, three drawbridges, two fortified bastions and three doors Bodium had a good clear site of acres of land surrounding it and was situated near the coast. Close by was a river, Rother, in which water could be accessed from for house hold necessities The River, at that time, was about 60-70 feet wide but due to the rise in temperature over the centuries most of the water has evaporated and therefore the river is now smaller in size. The river was also useful for transportation communication and fishing purposes. External Features The moat was a source of defence for the castle as it meant that if the drawbridge had been raised there was no way a likely attacker could come near to the castle. ...read more.


However it doesn't give us accounts of any other castles in the coming centuries and therefore lacks valubility there. Source B- Scene from the Bayeux Tapestry This source informs us about the Norman invasion on England. The Normans strongly believed in building durable castles that had high-quality defence but within a short period of time so they could build more. This source is not very valuable as it doesn't describe the position or structures of castles; it simply tells us that castles were built rapidly over England and with high defence due to the Norman invasion. Source C- The Tower of London information pack. Source C tells us that by the 12th century castles were now beginning to be built of stone and the defensive system it consisted of. The source is highly valuable because if you link it with source a you can see how castles developed between the 11th and 12th century but on its own it still does not answer the key question as it has nothing to do with Bodium castle or any other castles leading up to the 14th century. Source D- A map of castles built between1066 and 1071. This source shows a map of castles built over England and Wales between1066 and 1071. ...read more.


Conclusion Bodium castle does not show today more than any other document the way in which castle buildings in England had developed by the 14th century, for the reason that Bodium as source on its own does not hold enough evidence about castles up until the 14th century. Bodium was built in the 14th century and therefore has no prior history and so cannot inform us about castle development. As historians we can use the sources about other castles in the previous centuries and bring them together with the evidence we have gathered about Bodium and use it to conclude the development of castles in the 14th century. Documentary sources describe in detail castle development over time and some of the key elements that helped to progress castle development. For example Bodium castle was fortified because of fear of attack form the French. Bodium however can also paint a picture that no documentary sources can show us. It shows the physical state in which the castle is left in and was made in. All sources both physical and documentary, when put together, show us how early castles made of wood and built in a traditional square shape slowly progressed into later rounded, stone fortified castles such as Bodium Castle. Page 1 of 6 Serwaa Debrah Page 1 History Around Us ...read more.

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