Norman Castles

 

Norman Castles
The English castles of the Norman Medieval era changed the face of England forever. The building of the great Stone fortresses were initiated by the Normans following the victory of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. William the Conqueror employed a strategy of building a network of Norman castles which spanned across England and Wales. The English Norman Castles built by the Normans provided a power base for the Normans and ensured that the Anglo Saxons were subservient to the new Norman rule. The Norman Invasion heralded the Medieval period, or the Middle Ages. The Normans introduced the wooden Motte and Bailey Norman castles which were immediately followed by the construction of the famous medieval Norman stone castles such as the Tower of London.

 
 
 
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Norman Pre-Built Timber Castles
The Norman castles building program started with the strategy and plans of Duke William of Normandy and his Norman invasion of England in 1066. Speed was of the essence to the Invasion plans of Duke William. The use of pre-built Timber Norman Castles would give him a considerable advantage over the unsuspecting English. To achieve his plans parts to make the Norman wooden castles were pre-built!
  • The timbers for the Pre-Built Norman castles were cut to the correct sizes
  • Bolts were made in various sizes and used to fit the castle timbers together
  • These ' quick assembly Norman castle kits ' were loaded on the Norman Invasion Fleet
  • Carpenters and builders formed part of the 1066 Norman Invasion fleet
  • The Norman medieval carpenters landed, with great axes in their hands and planes hung at their sides
  • The famous Bayeux Tapestry illustrates the process of building Norman Pre-Built Timber Castles!

Norman Castles

Norman Castles

  • Did the Normans use Pre-Built Castles?
  • How were the Norman pre-built castles constructed and with what?
  • What was a Motte and Bailey Castle?
  • How many stone castles did Normans build?
  • What did Norman stone castles look like?

For additional interesting facts and information about the Norman Pre-Built Timber Castles click the above links!

Norman Motte and Bailey Castles
The hasty pre-built Norman castles quickly moved on to even more wooden Motte and Bailey Norman Castles - built in the more conventional fashion.

  • What was a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle? How was it built?
  • What was the purpose of Norman Motte and Bailey Castles?
  • What did Norman Motte and Bailey Castles look like?

For additional interesting facts and information about the Norman Motte and Bailey Castles click the above link!

Norman Stone Castles
The wooden Norman Motte and Bailey Castles were soon augmented with the famous Norman stone castles. Huge stone fortresses providing the Normans with a Power base to intimidate and dominate the indigenous Anglo Saxon population.

  • Attacking & Defending Medieval Stone built Castles
  • What was the purpose of Norman Medieval Stone Castles ?
  • What did Norman Medieval Stone Castles look like - the Architecture?

For additional interesting facts and information about the Norman Pre-Built Timber Castles click the link at the top of the page!

Norman Castles

The following links detail fascinating facts and information regarding the History and construction of the Norman Castles :

Norman Pre-Built Timber Castles
Motte and Bailey Castles
Norman Medieval Stone Castles
Castle Keep

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