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posted 11-27-2000 02:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for New World Slacker     Edit/Delete Message
i need information on castles parts,what made them obselete eg.trebuchets and gunpowder, and medievil weapons


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posted 11-27-2000 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
The question, if castlebuilding ended after the middle ages or still continues today was already the topic of a long CQ-debate:

For information about the changes in castlebuilding in Scotland, Gordon gave a good statement at:

And you're right, the invention of gunpowder changed the appearance of castles very much. For this topic, have a look at:

Go yourself through the earlier postings in this forum, and you'll find much more information.


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posted 11-27-2000 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fafwolf     Edit/Delete Message
There are several factors that contributed to the declin of castles. By the beginning of the 16th century (the 1500s) the desire for more comfortable and elagant living made the nobility want purly residential palaces. Some castles were allowed to decay into picturesque ruins, and a residential palace was built nearby, others were radically altered into a more comfortable, if less strog defensively, residence.
The downfall of feudalism also contributed to the decline of castles. Before, Barons supported a de-centralized government(ruled by a king), and baron's personal ambitions for power were controlled by each other. As kings grew stronger, they discouraged the building of castles, because unruly subjects could rebel behind the safty of their walls.
Of course, gunpowder also played a pivitol role in the distruction of castles. By 1500, 30-40 cannon might be used by a beseiging army to blast a castle, even the strongset twoers and walls could only stand the bombardment for so long.

For more information see the last chapter of the book "SIEGE, Castles at War" by Mark P. Donnelly and Daniel Diehl

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