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History - Castles Coursework

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Castles Coursework Section 1 Ludlow castle has developed/changed and declined throughout the ages. The first part of the castle we saw was the gateway. The gateway was made from large stone; the stone was very good because it was very strong and hard to attack. The wall was roughly 10 metres high and 5 metres thick which meant they could not be knocked down by battering rams. Another great defence was the buttresses; these were good because they strengthened the walls. I believe that some defensive features are missing, I can see no evidence of portcullises, murder holes or arrow loops. There is also a big window which would be easy to fire through or even climb through Due to the fact that so many defensive features are missing, I believe that this gateway was added when the castle became home. The land that surrounds the castle is completely flat where you would normally expect the gateway to be on high ground; on flat land the attacker would find it very easy to attack the castle. Because of all these missing features you would probably have thought that the gateway was almost definitely added later. A final thing which strengthens my point about the fact; the gateway was added later was that there are no buildings around the gateway to defend it. After finishing at the gateway we move in to the outer bailey to see the three buildings and the curtain wall. Surrounding the outer bailey was the curtain wall; the curtain wall was made from large blocks of stone which were very good for defence. ...read more.

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After visiting the keep we moved further in to the inner bailey to look at the Solar and the Great Chamber, both the building were made from small stone which probably means that they were both made during the same time period, the buildings also had fairly large windows which were no good for defence, the windows were only good to let in light, there was also fireplaces inside the two buildings which would have been used for comfort and not for defence, these features of the Solar and the Great Chamber show that this part of the castle was not used for defence, these buildings were almost definitely added after the castle became a home. After looking at the Great Chamber block I went on to look at the judges lodging, the small stone and the large Elizabethan windows date this part of the castle from 1485-1603, even this building had fireplaces places inside and it had no defensive features. The Judges Lodging was made when the castle became an administrative centre for Wales. This tells me that the castle had different periods in his life it was not just a defensive structure. Finally I went to look at the Chapel, The chapel was also made from small stone and it had large Norman arches which tell us that even this was made by the Normans. This building was not built at the same time as the rest of the castle, it was still built by the Normans but later in the Norman time period. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also source 2 and source 5 back up source 4, because two other sources agree with the source that I have used, that gives me more reason to believe that this source is reliable. The third source I used was source 7; source 7 tells me about castles that were homes. This source is useful because it tells me that there were many different features added to a castle that made a castle more home-like. This was really useful because it tells me about features such as granaries, boxes and common rooms which were all things found in houses. It does not tell me weather all castles became homes or if they were solely built as a home. This source I have used was written by Lambert D'Ardes he had written this to describe his castle which was built in 1117. I feel this source is reliable as Lambert would not have wanted people to think that his castle wasn't homely. Due to this reason I would agree with this source, it must be reliable as he wouldn't want to tell people that his home (his castle) has only defensive features he would like to tell them the truth of what his castle is like. Also source 8 and 9 agree with this source I have used, so this makes me think that this is very reliable. ?? ?? ?? ?? History Candidate Name: Abu-Hurairah Dadabhai Castles Coursework Candidate No.: 3030 Centre No.: 20283 Page 1 of 7 ...read more.

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