Fire. Fire was the best way to attack the early Motte and Bailey castles since they were made entirely of wood. The fire might be started by building a bonfire against the outer wooden fence (palisade) or, more usually, by archers shooting fire-arrows into the castle. ... Fire has little effect on a stone castle.
Scholars have debated the scope of the word keep, but usually consider it to refer to large towers in castles that were fortified residences, used as a refuge of last resort should the rest of the castle fall to an adversary.
Castle Drawbridge. A drawbridge was a wooden bridge leading to a gateway, capable of being raised or lowered to either accommodate or prevent entry into the castle, and often spanned a ditch or moat.
Rooms in a Medieval CastleThe Great Hall.Bed Chambers.Solars.Bathrooms, Lavatories and Garderobes.Kitchens, Pantries, Larders & Butteries.Gatehouses and Guardrooms.Chapels & Oratories.Cabinets and Boudoirs.More items...
During the late Middle Ages, from the 10th to the 16th centuries, kings and lords lived in castles. As well as the lord, the lady (his wife), and their family there were lots of staff. Some were important officials, such as the constable who took care of the castle when the lord was away.