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When a castle seems at ﬁrst glance to be intact, we can be certain it has been rebuilt. We must turn to archeology, to historical archives, and to art history for information. Even then we need an active imagination to study castles. xlvii Overview: Castles in Context xlviii EARLY FORTIFICATIONS AND DEFENSIVE STRUCTURES Since earliest times people have built walls to protect themselves and their belongings—walls around country estates controlled livestock and protected the animals from marauding wolves or poachers.
The Need for Castles Wherever they went, William and his Norman lieutenants built castles. About 170 great vassals came to England with William. When the king rewarded his followers with grants of land, they also assumed the responsibility for its defense, so each built one or more castles. William and his men had several reasons for building castles. As hostile invaders they had to fortify their dwellings and camps in order to hold the territory and provide security for themselves. Their castles also secured borders and coastlines against other invaders and controlled the movement of people and goods at key transportation centers such as fords, bridges, and passes and along major roads.
Others sat and ate at portable trestle tables and benches perpendicular to the high table. These simple arrangements formed the basis of later developments, and continue today in our own tradition of a “head table” at a banquet. Window embrasures in the thick walls offered small semiprivate spaces. The service areas were located in a courtyard called the bailey. Eventually more private chambers were added and then whole suites of rooms. Castles had always provided hospitality, but by the fourteenth and ﬁfteenth centuries they required stables for horses, suites of rooms for guests and travelers, and apartments for retainers who expected to be housed Overview: Castles in Context when they were called on to serve the lord.
3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It by Sean Flynn