The Castle: 101

Welcome to the first “Artifact of the Week”.  We thought we’d kick it off with the biggest artifact of them all…the castle!

The Early Years

The construction of the castle began in the late 12th century (c1188) with the main donjon or keep (a strong stone tower; main tower; stronghold).  The donjon is constructed of stone and mortar.   At its peak, it had three floors with a circular vault on the first floor and a wooden floor/ceiling separating the second and third floors.

The outer walls and subsequent courtyards were added in the late 12th-13th centuries.

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