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Medieval castles in Europe were built over a period of more than 500 years – from around 1000 AD to 1550 AD. Indeed they were built so well that many medieval castles (or at the very least their ruins) can still be seen today – a legacy that allows us the privilege of some truly tangible history.

Many people are fascinated by medieval castle history because so many castles are linked to major historical events including many medieval battles. Others find medieval castle design of interest as it saw dramatic changes over the years – from early motte and bailey castle design through to large concentric castle building. Indeed, medieval castle design probably reached its peak in the 14th century with the great castles of Wales built by King Edward I of England. In the 500 or more years that medieval castles were built, architects displayed great ingenuity and working on castle plans effectively became a science… read more

Medieval Castle Architecture and Design

Architecture and Design

From the 11th century motte and bailey castle with its timber frame and palisade to the mighty, stone concentric castle design of the 14th century we look at how medieval castles evolved.

Haunted Castles - Hermitage

Haunted Medieval Castles

There are many stories and legends about haunted castles especially the medieval castles of the British Isles. From Carlisle to Cawdor, Carrickfergus to Castell Coch and more!

Chateau de Sigournais - French Castles

French Medieval Castles

France has a wealth of castles dating back to the medieval period. The vary in scale and can be found in most areas of France. Read our in-depth features on some of the most magnificent.

Medieval Castle Defence and Attack

Castle Defence and Attack

From the 11th century motte and bailey castle with its timber frame and palisade to the mighty, stone concentric castle design of the 14th century we look at how medieval castles evolved.

Medieval Food

Medieval Food

In any medieval castle, by far the most common food was bread which would be generally course and unattractive. However,hunting would contribute meat to the table as well.

Dracula's Castles - Corvinesti

Dracula’s Castles

in the 19th century, the writer and novelist Bram Stoker really put Transylvania on the map when he made it the setting for his novel about Count Dracula – the world’s most famous vampire!.