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Castles in the middle ages were dark clammy and cold Their purpose was to protect the community during hard feudal times Castles were first being built around 1000AD and were just stopping being built around 1450 AD They were located throughout England France Spain Italy Germany and Wales The first castles were being built on hills or large open plains so that knights and guards could see enemies coming from far away Castles were built for protection and safety They had lots of ways for defending themselves Most castles would have moats and drawbridges but there were many more ways of defense such as the portcullis a portcullis is a heavy iron gate that can be lifted to let people in or out It would be located on the in side of the drawbridge Nowadays walls are made to keep out rain weather animals and also to have privacy but in the Middle Ages castle walls were for keeping enemies out and were sometimes up to 12 feet thick Guards would walk along the tops of the walls with bows and arrows in case of an attack It was a common thing to do if enemies were climbing the walls for guards to dump hot oil from the top of the wall to prevent the enemies from climbing any farther Knights were the soldiers of their day They would train and go to war just like nowadays except that when they fought they didnt use guns and bombs instead they used swords axes bows and arrows and many other primitive weapons Knights lived well when they werent off at battle or on a quest Knights were of noble birth and around the age of 8 would be sent off to a knights home to learn how to become a knight First a boy in training would be a page then he
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