Castles

From the earliest Motte & Bailey Castles to the massive stone Fortresses still standing today

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Cars & Vehicles
Castles

How long does it take gm from build date to deliver?

I worked for a Chrysler dealer in Milwaukee WI, and it would take about two weeks to get a car once it was assigned a rail car number for the train. They need to be shipped from the factory to a rail car, and then a central trucking company, then the trucking company brings them to the dealer. With how the new car auto industry is now, I would imangine it would take any where from two-four months to get a new car that is built for you. A dealer should be able to locatea car with the options your looking for from another dealership within a week. Ordering a car is very rare these days.

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Middle Ages
Castles

Where in the medieval castle would the cook work?

Medieval castles often had one or more kitchens. When they had more than one, the different kitchens were used for preparing different kinds of food.

Most of the cooking was usually done outdoors, except in inclement weather. The kitchens were usually in buildings that had relatively low roof lines, and often in separate building that were only used as kitchens. This is because the chimney was not invented until the 11th or 12th century, and was not as fast to catch on as one might imagine, the result being that most castles did not have chimneys or fireplaces. The indoor kitchens had to have ventilation for the smoke they created, and though this often went out through a hole in a wall rather than in the roof, if there were rooms higher in the building, they were likely to have smoke blown into them. Sometimes kitchens were put into basements anyway, so they could stay cool and have access to cooler storage.

Most outdoor cooking and separate kitchens were in the castle ward, which was the large courtyard in the middle of the castle.

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History of England
Castles

Did James I and Charles I live in a castle?

A little more accurately: Yes, both owned and lived in castles. Charles maintained fortresses in both Scotland (near Loch Lomond) and England (in Cornwall). Charles would not have lived in castles all the time, he spent much time in Hampden Court Palace, London as well as Windsor Castle where he was later imprisoned.

James I took over the castle of the Tudors after Elizabeth I died without issue. He also maintained the Stuart castle in Scotland, which was ceded to him and his line after the death of Mary, Queen of Scots. He also had many houses such as Hampden Court Palace where it was easier to entertain and close to the City of London.

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Why did they cover castle floors with straw?

There is some question as to whether floors were covered with straw. Supposedly, it absorbed odors and covered over filth, and was gradually added as needed until it was cleaned out once per year or so.

Part of the problem with this idea is that we have many pictures of medieval people in their homes, and none show straw on the floor. Part of the problem is that the dresses women wore would have been very impractical, dragging straw all over the place and getting really filthy.

The problem I have with it is that the only source for the idea I can find comes from a letter Erasmus wrote a friend long after the Middle Age ended. It was describing the conditions in English inns, and in my opinion was a comic comparison making the inns to be like badly kept stables.

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When did the design for a concentric castle change?

In 2001, the design for a concentric castle changed.

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Elizabeth II
Castles

Who lives in Windsor castle today?

The Queen and other members the royal family and staff.

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Ireland
Northern Ireland
Castles

Why does Ireland have so many castles?

Because the kings at the time in history when castle were built, wanted to protect their lands from other kings. To do this, they had to build many castles.

Improvement:

There are many different types of castles in Ireland, of different periods, starting from fortified medieval castles that were built as defensive structures from around the 12th century to large pleasure type castles of the neogothic or Victorian period which were built by the very rich as a status symbol.

In medieval times, there were a lot of local Gaelic kings or chieftains that would have had conflict with each other and had their own fortified castles for this reason. There are also countless Norman Castles, which were the homes of landowning families, but were also fortified for fear of attacks.

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Who play's castle's mother?

Susan Sullivan. You may know her from Dharma and Greg. She played his mother.

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Middle Ages
Castles

Who lived in Warwick castle in medieval times?

Warwick Castle was used, for most of the Middle Ages, as a prison. Among its residents was Piers Gaveston, who remained there from the time he was captured until he was executed. It was also used for storage of provisions at various times. I cannot find that anyone used it as a home, but it might have been so.

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Who lives in belvoir castle?

The Duke and Dutchess of Rutland

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Paris
Castles
Landmarks and Monuments

Who owns Chateau de Chambord?

The government of France owns it.

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Humor & Amusement
Castles

What did the jester wear?

cholthes

I think the clothes they wore were called motley(?)

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Henry VIII
Elizabeth II
Castles

Did any kings or queens live at warwick castle?

Henry VIII and his wives lived at Warwick Castle, he actually made refurbishments to the castle like fixing the kitchen roof

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Middle Ages
Castles

What type of castle is hedingham castle?

Hedingham is typical of English castles since it was really two (perhaps three) different castles built on the same site.

The original, first castle was a simple motte-and-bailey built by Sir Aubrey de Vere in about 1100. This included no stone in its construction, simply ditches, earth banks and timber palisades and towers. It had two baileys and a large earth mound (the motte).

In about 1130 the central donjon or tower was rebuilt in stone and a stone gatehouse, hall and towers were added (only the central tower survives today).

The link below shows a modern reconstruction of how the second castle looked in about 1130 - 1140. Notice that anyone approaching the gatehouse had to pass within bowshot of the walls of the inner bailey.

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Castles
Stone Castles

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Stone Keep castles?

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of Stone Keep Castles (Stone Castles): Advantages

  • They don't rot within a few decades but will last for centuries to come
  • They don't burn as the castles are made of stone
  • They are very strong as the stone that the castles are made from are very heavy
  • The Stone Keep Castles have very high walls meaning that any attackers that come can't fire arrows over it, but the defenders are able to shoot arrows back over the walls because they are on top of them
  • The towers in Stone Keep Castles are massive meaning that the attackers not to be able to shoot arrows up but enabling the defenders to shoot arrows off the tower
  • The walls are a few meters thick making it really hard to knock down
  • They have arrow slits in the walls which are useful for the defenders to shoot arrows out of at the attackers
  • The drawbridge are usually thick so the attackers battering ram can't get through
Disadvantages
  • Although the walls are high enough for arrows not being able to shoot over. The attackers can still fire rocks, pigs & other missiles by a trebuchet or a catapult
  • The towers are a one way path up to the top so if a few attackers are coming up the tower, the defenders don't have anywhere to go
  • These type of castles are very expensive to build unlike their previous castles the Motte and Bailey castles
  • Stone Keep castles are also very heavy making them hard to build
  • Once getting through the drawbridge there was an open area where all the attacking soldiers could kill the defenders
  • People can undermine and knock the corners of the castle down
  • They took a long time to build
  • More specialized skills were needed to build them

Basically, all in all, the stone keep castles were a very good castle to have a the time given the circumstances that happened at that time.

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Advantages
  • They don't rot within a few decades but will last for centuries to come (They still stand today)
  • They don't burn as the castles are made of stone (obviously)
  • They are very strong as the stone that the castles are made from are very heavy
  • The Stone Keep Castles have very high walls meaning that any attackers that come can't fire arrows over it, but the defenders are able to shoot arrows back over the walls because they are on top of them
  • The towers in Stone Keep Castles are massive meaning that the attackers not to be able to shoot arrows up but enabling the defenders to shoot arrows off the tower
  • The walls are a few meters thick making it really hard to knock down
  • They have arrow slits in the walls which are useful for the defenders to shoot arrows out of at the attackers
  • The drawbridge are usually thick so the attackers battering ram can't get through
Disadvantages
  • Although the walls are high enough for arrows not being able to shoot over, the attackers can still fire rocks, pigs or whatever they can find out of a trebuchet or a catapult
  • The towers are a one way path up to the top so if a few attackers are coming up the tower, the defenders don't have anywhere to go
  • These type of castles are very expensive to build unlike their previous castles the Motte and Bailey castles
  • Stone Keep castles are also very heavy making them hard to build
  • Once getting through the drawbridge there was an open area where all the attacking soldiers could kill the defenders
  • people burry and nock the corners of the castle down
  • They took a long time to build
  • More specialized skills were needed to build them
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Castles
Windows and Mirrors

Why were castle windows thin?

The things you call "windows" are actually arrow slits. They are just wide enough to fire a arrow through, but if you went inside the area where the windows are located in the wall you would find a recess for a man to use to aim, spot, and fire an arrow. The slits look fairly narrow from the outside, but they have a full view of the land below from all angles. This is very good for the defense of the castle.

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Castles
Knights

How did the medieval knights destroy castles?

Actually, knights did not destroy castles, at least not fighting the way knights traditionally fought. Knights were heavy cavalry, and they fought on fields where horses could be used to advantage. Against a castle, they were nearly useless. Knights could command the armies brought against castles, however, and work on them in that capacity.

Castles were destroyed in various ways.

One was to assault the castle too quickly for the defenders to get ready. This was not usually possible, though it did happen from time to time.

Another was to use siege machines. A battering ram could break down the gate of the castle. A catapult could break the walls apart, but it took a long time to do it.

A siege could be put in place with the hope of starving the people in the castle. In such a case, catapults could toss the bodies of people who had died of some horrible disease over the walls, with a view to spreading sickness among the defenders.

One was to use mines. A tunnel was dug under the castle walls producing a large chamber. This chamber was then filled with something that could burn slowly; often the bodies of dead pigs were used because the fat would burn. The fire, which could continue for days, gradually weakened the walls until they collapsed.

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Can you get castle miner for PC?

yes u can get that for pc

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Middle Ages
Castles

What did people who lived in medieval castles do for entertainment?

They usually played board games like chess or backgammon. Or jesters came in and did fun tricks.

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Ghosts
Castles

Is aimee semple mchpersons castle haunted?

Yes, Aimee's Castle is haunted.

There has been sightings of a mysterious woman in the windows.

People have also felt cold spots while were given a tour.

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Does warwick castle have a curtain wall?

yes it does

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What were the advantages and disadvantages of the ludlow castle?

advantages:

  1. it is on a hill
  2. there is a river to cross first
  3. it is built on a steep embankment that would have been hard to climb
disadvantages though hmmm... not sure about that one sorry.
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History of England
Henry VIII
Castles

Where did King Henry VIII live?

Henry had many palaces which he lived in; these included Greenwich (where he was born), Richmond and many others.

Henry VIII's primary residence later became Hampton Court Palace, but Henry lived in a number of palaces including the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Eltham Palace, St James Palace, Westminster Palace, and occasionally Dover castle.
Windsor Castle & Hampton Court Whitehall, Richmond, Hampton Court only after he acquired it from Wolsey. His favourite home was Greenwich, then spelled Grenewich. He loved it there and kept the royal barge moored there so he could use the Thames to travel back and forth.

More information can be found in a forthcoming book, I Diced With God ... the life of Henry VIII which will answer all these questions and many more. Look out for it this summer.

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History, Politics & Society
Germany
Castles

What is the lake by Neuschwanstein Castle?

this is called Lake Forggensee, and lies just to the North of the Austrain town of Fussen. It is actually used as a reservoir, but is a popular tourist destination for watersports of many types, bathing and wildlife observation. Several camp sites surround the lake, and it is also possible to take ferry trips across it. It is home to a number of sailing clubs and training schools, windsurfing training centres, and a scuba diving instruction centre. A theatre and arts centre opened on the South-Western shore back in 2000, which hosts an annual festival of opera, concerts, drama and dance.

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Castles

Why were castles a symbol of the Middle Ages?

Castles have a rather distinctive architecture, and were nearly all built in the Middle Ages. They were also politically and militarily important in the time.

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