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The oldest piece of tartan ever found in Scotland was created in the 16th century. Source: Alan Richardson / V&A Dundee

How to Build the Perfect Castle (Video)


Castles are iconic symbols of the Middle Ages, with their imposing walls, soaring towers, and intricate defenses. But how were these impressive structures built? And what does it take to construct the perfect castle, one that can withstand the test of time and the trials of warfare? To find out we must explore the art of castle building, from the earliest fortifications to the most impressive citadels of the Middle Ages.

From the early castles of feudal France and the early motte-and-bailey castles used by the Normans fighting England to advancements like stone wall curtains, barbicans and medieval moats. This is everything you need to know about building the ultimate medieval castle.

Top image: Medieval castle. Source: vitaliy_melnik / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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