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Le Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers

The stronghold dates to the thirteenth century and was originally called Motte Bauçay (or Baussay). The castle is a former stronghold of the Bauçay family, lords of Loudun. The Motte Baussay was taken several times by the English during the Hundred Years’ War[1] and devastated during the French Revolution.

It was bought in 1809 by François Hennecart, a wealthy businessman. In 1857, it was sold to Baron Joseph Lejeune. In 1932, a major fire destroyed most of the buildings in the castle.[2]

In December 2017, 18,600 members of an online community raised €1,600,000, by paying at least €50 each, to purchase the castle with the aim of restoring it.[3]


Turku castle, Finland

Turku, June 28 2019

“If you worship your enemy, you are defeated. …

“If you worship your enemy, you are defeated. If you adopt your enemy’s religion, you are enslaved. If you breed with your enemy, you are destroyed.” – King Polydoros of Sparta (reigned 741–665 BC)

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Urquhart Castle by 


Teczyn castle, Poland

Teczyn castle, Poland

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Castello aragonese, Ischia.

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THE motte and bailey castle was an early form of medieval fortification especially popular with the Normans in northern France and Britain during the 11th century CE. A single tower was built on (or partially within) the motte or earth mound while a courtyard area or bailey at the base was protected by a wooden palisade and an encircling outer ditch. Relatively quick to build, the height of the mound made the tower difficult to attack while the wall offered a place of refuge from opportunist raiders. For these reasons, the motte and bailey castle was especially useful in freshly conquered territories where the native population was still hostile to their new overlords. As stone resisted fire better than wood and defensive designs improved, castles evolved into more permanent structures with stone circuit walls and towers enclosing a more impressive inner stone tower or keep (donjon).  

The earliest form of fortified camp was a simple wooden palisade, perhaps with earthworks, surrounding a camp (ringworks), sometimes with a permanent wooden tower in the centre. These had been common since Roman times and remained little-changed for centuries. Then, stand-alone wooden towers became a feature of defences in northwest France from the 9th and 10th centuries CE. These structures evolved into the more sophisticated motte and bailey castles, which were especially common in France and Norman Britain from the 11th century CE.

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Beaumaris Castle, Wales,  UK,  by Jelle Drok

Constructed by Edward I in 1295 to help quell Welsh rebellions.

Summer is almost over, though you wouldn’t thi…

Summer is almost over, though you wouldn’t think so the way these temps have been. Today will be your last chance to visit me at Sunshine Castle without a booking for this summer. The next general public day with me is in March, so come along say hi and ask me anything you want about the Middle Ages. #medieval #castle #summer #solong #rollonautumn

Today in history: ransom is paid for Richard t…

Today in history: ransom is paid for Richard the Lionheart (February 4 1194).

English king was imprisoned at Trifels castle by emperor Henry VI. The Hohenstaufen ruler needed money for his army and was also displeased with England’s support for his enemies. Henry demanded and eventually received 150,000 marks ransom for Richard’s liberty. That was naturally enormous amount of money at that time.

Btw regent John the Lacland and French king offered emperor 80,000 marks for keeping Richard imprisoned :D, but Henry declined that offered. Pope got himself involved and banned emperor for capturing a crusader.

Source: R.Wallenstein at German Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (], from Wikimedia Commons