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The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
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237 words

The term ‘castle’ is used by historians to refer to fortified buildings erected after the Norman Conquest. Hundreds of motte-and-bailey

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The Oxford Companion to Military History

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
History, Military History, Social sciences, Warfare and Defence
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1,600 words
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One of the most familiar forms of fortification, the castle still symbolizes the entire medieval world and seems to

castles

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The Oxford Companion to Irish History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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251 words

There is limited annalistic evidence to suggest that Gaelic Irish lords were building castles or caisléin in the late 12th

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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Art & Architecture
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143 words
Originally associated with the Middle Ages, a castle is a habitation fortified for defence with towers, surrounding walls, and moats. The moat or fosse had a bridge that could be raised, ... More
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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
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Encyclopedias
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52 words

Fortified house or fortress, usually the medieval residences of European kings or nobles. Castles evolved from a need for fortresses

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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
1,054 words

The purpose of a castle was to dominate an area, rather than to act merely as a place of refuge, and to provide accommodation on a grand scale for the monarch or a ...

castles, fortifications, and fortresses

castles, fortifications, and fortresses   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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2,504 words
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The castle—a combination of palace, which is unfortified, and fortress, which implies a purely military function—emerged on the European landscape

castle, fortification

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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1,574 words
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One of the major phenomena of medieval society was the proliferation of castles and fortifications: involving the Ban and the

Castles

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology

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2010
Subject:
History, Military History, Social sciences, Warfare and Defence
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5,955 words
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[This entry contains three subentries, on castles from 500–1100, 1150–1350, and 1350–1500. See also Crusader Castles.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006
a large building or group of buildings fortified against attack with thick walls, battlements, towers, and in many cases a moat. The word is recorded from late Old English and comes from ... More

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