Scottish tower houses of the sixteenth century were designed primarily
as private homes, but with defenses to guard against the constant
treat of attack. They were tall, narrow buildings designed in the
shape of an L or a Z. The staggered towers allowed all walls to be
protected by gunfire from ports on the ground floor. Claypotts
was built on the Z plan between 1569 and 1588.
Located on a spur of high rock between two rivers, the Alcázar
(meaning fortress or palace) commands an excellent view of the surrounding
countryside. Although begun in the eleventh century, it was adopted
as a royal palace and greatly expanded in the early fifteenth century.
MEDIEVAL EUROPEAN CASTLES
Map of Medieval European Castles -
Showing some of the castles built around the time of your stay in
Sir Richard's castle. Notice that most of the coast throughout
central Europe is dotted with them. Also, note the line of castles
inland along the mountain ranges.
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.