Asked in Middle AgesMotte and Bailey CastlesStone Castles
What are the weaknesses of a Motte and Bailey Castle?
June 28, 2017 1:35AM
The Wooden castles were not very strong and they caught fire
easily many attackers used fire arrows. A battering ram could be
used to breach the palisade. The keep was the last line of defence.
As well as this, the wood rots quite quickly.
The walls were made of wood, which made protecting them from fire difficult. The defenders would try cover them with wet hides during an attack, but this would not always work.
They were also vulnerable to attacks by battering ram or catapult.