The outer gatehouse of Carisbrooke Castle was built in the early fourteenth
century to strengthen its defenses against the French raiders. There
are machicolations (parapet openings for missiles) above the entryway
and keyhole gun ports on the upper level.
When Lawrence of Ludlow, a wealthy merchant, bought Stokesay in 1280,
it already had a small stone tower surrounded by a moat. He
added a large manor house and a new tower, and he surrounded the complex
with a curtain wall. The timber gallery we see today on the
old tower is Elizabethan, but it probably echoes earlier hoardings.
Tour de César
The large keep at Provins in northern France can be dated to the twelfth
century. It is rectangular at its base and becomes octagonal as it
rises. The surrounding wall was added following the capture
of Provins by the English in the Hundred Years' War.
A NOTE from Sir Dragon Tamer
about the ART and PHOTOS at the dragontamer's - Most of the photos
we have used in our study of The Middle Ages were taken by Seventh
Grade students at their Festival, celebrating the completion of a Medieval
History Unit. All other ART and PHOTOS here were used with the permission
of their creator. PLEASE do not take our images with out our permission.
They are not intended as public domain. Thanks.