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Motte and Bailey Castles

Why were castles built on hills?


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December 26, 2014 4:35PM

Better field of view; you can see farther from the top of a hill, also, any attacker would have to come up the hill at you, tiering their army, in addition to your defenders having a greater range granted by firing from a higher elevation. MoreCastles were not always built on hills. Some were built on ordinary countryside and surrounded by moats. Some castles were built on islands. Some were built along the banks of rivers. The point of such placement was to make it difficult to approach the castle with siege towers or to scale the walls with ladders.