Motte

Motte and Bailey Motte and Bailey Motte and Bailey

A motte was a mound of dirt, usually man-made, that a keep stood on. It was often combined with a “bailey” that enclosed the important castle buildings. The motte stood higher than the bailey and was a place of shelter for the inhabitants. It was usually connected with a bridge or gate, and when the castle was threatened, everyone took shelter in the motte.

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