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CLIP 10762

The Normans: Motte and Bailey Castles

The Normans: Motte and Bailey Castles

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Key Info
  • The Normans: Motte and Bailey Castles
  • Duration: 01:40
  • A Motte was a large man-made hill, with a wooden tower placed on the top. A Bailey was a compound containing living quarters built at the bottom of the Motte. This video gives an impression of how the height of a Motte was used to intimidate the local population and to ensure that the Normans could defend their territorial gains.
  • Subject:



    Medieval: Social and Religious Life

  • Keywords: motte and bailey, castles, Normans, Medieval, England, construction, fort, HandsonHistory, Hands on History
Ideas for use in class
  • This could be used as an introduction to a series of activities about the development of castles in medieval England. This could be used in conjunction with activities on how the Normans consolidated their power. This could be used as an introduction to an activity on how to design and build a model Motte and Bailey Castle. For more information please go to
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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