Medieval castles were used primarily for defense, but they also provided living quarters and storage for the lord, his family and his estate. Because the lord lived within the castle walls, it was usually a center of gov... More »

Medieval castles had many different parts. Most castles had walls with buttresses that provided additional support against seige engines and catapults. Many castles had moats and drawbridges. Inside the castle itself, th... More »

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In medieval times, castles were home to nobility or high-ranking clerics, defense forces and a large household staff. In times of warfare, the population of the castle would swell as peasants from the lord's domain flood... More »

In medieval times, castles were home to nobility or high-ranking clerics, defense forces and a large household staff. In times of warfare, the population of the castle would swell as peasants from the lord's domain flood... More »

Medieval knights generally lived in the castles of noble families, serving under the lord or baron while providing military service and protection in exchange for lodging, weapons, armor, food, money and horses. The king... More »

The primary residents of European castles during the Middle Ages were the lord and lady of the realm. These might be royalty or simply the liege lords of the district where the castle was built. More »

Medieval means anything relating to the Middle Ages which describes Europe between 500 to around 1500 C.E. People also sometimes use the word medieval to talk about something that is very old. In particular, the word is ... More »