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Motte and Bailey Castles
Stone Castles

What are the weaknesses of a Motte and Bailey Castle?


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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.