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posted 11-19-2007 02:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n_kandy     Edit/Delete Message
Im studying quite abit about castles now and any defensive things you may want to know i.e- 5m thick walls, narrow thin windows, ramp before entrance, turrets- with gaps to fire- and all of these are defensive-. But i need to know how would you attack a castle like that and would it work 100%? Thanks

posted 11-19-2007 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
Well... the main purpose of castle defence is that no attack would have a 100% succes rate... When a succesful weapon against castles was found (I'm talking about the use of gunpowder), people just stopped building defence-castles.
Otherwise, siege is recommended - hoping that the people inside will starve and eventualy give up. That and battle rams, catapults... and inside traitors.

posted 11-20-2007 02:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n_kandy     Edit/Delete Message
Thank You! As well as that, I would like to know how the invention of gunpowder affected castles? Possibly anyone could direct this at Norman Castles built in Engalnd? Thank You.

posted 11-20-2007 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
take a look here...

posted 11-21-2007 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ricky     Edit/Delete Message
Generally the best way to breach a castle's defences was by mining. Basically dig a tunnel under the walls (making sure to use props to keep the walls supported) and then fill the tunnel with flammable material and set fire to the props. Down comes the wall. King John did this very successfully at Rochester, using barrels of pig fat as the flammable material. This is the reason why the keep at Rochester has one round tower and 3 square ones...
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Mining was quite a specialist task, and counter-mines could be dug to ambush the miners. It is arguably one of the reasons that castles began to be built on lowlying ground with a wet moat.

Other methods - starvation (slow but sure) bombardment, assault (risky), treachery/trickery (great if you can manage it) or simply making the defenders loose their will to fight.

All times are PT (US)

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