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posted 12-10-2002 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for threeasiyame   Click Here to Email threeasiyame     Edit/Delete Message
who lived inside the castles besides the king and queen?

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posted 12-11-2002 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Erik Schmidt   Click Here to Email Erik Schmidt     Edit/Delete Message
The king and queen only lived in the royal castles, but would often stay at others when the need arose.
Most castles were the home of the local feudal lord and lady, and depending on the size of the castle, could have several knights, squires, a garrison of soldiers, servants, cooks, a baker, stablehands, smiths, an armourer, falconer, miller and so on.


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posted 12-12-2002 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
What Eric just described are the inhabitants of a big castle. But there were hundreds of castles much smaller (just a fortified house and/or tower with a surrounding wall). The inhabitans of such a castle would be only the noblemans family and one or two servants.

And the inhabitants and the owners of a castle were not always identical: A powerfull Lord may have had a dozen castles in his posession but could'nt look after all of them in person. So he gave them to trusted men of lower nobility to live there and take care of his posessions and feudal rights.

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posted 12-12-2002 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for duncan   Click Here to Email duncan     Edit/Delete Message
Not always was it only the high born that owned castles, especially in areas of the UK, this is one example in Scotland.

Many hundreds were built for the immediate protection of the family's that lived in them and had nothing to do with the nobility.

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