Normans - Motte and Bailey Castles

This lesson looks at how William controlled England using the Motte and Bailey Castle. This lesson will ask students to begin by seeing that their interpretations of a ‘castle’ is, then move on to discuss possible places a castle might be built and why.

The students then read a short piece of text and use it to label a small cut-out of the Motte and Bailey and this leads nicely into a task that looks at the advantages and disadvantages of the castle.

The students can also look at the potential effects this may have had on the Saxons by looking at a small video clip and discussing with the teacher.

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  • PPT-How-Did-William-Use-Castles-for-Control.pptx
  • Handout---Motte---Bailey-Castle.docx
  • Handout---Source-on-Castles.docx

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Created: Sep 20, 2020

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

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