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The Normans ordered the castles to be
built on the best sites possible. If there was something in the way,
it was destroyed!
In Lincoln, 160 houses were destroyed to
make room for the castle.
& Bailey castles were well guarded and were difficult to attack. They
had one serious problem though - they could be destroyed by fire!
all, William survived by ... building ... castles in vulnerable
Goulding, Conquest & Colinisation, p.39
of Saxon rebellions lit bonfires against the wooden fences which soon set the
entire castle on fire. The Normans gradually improved the design of their
castles using stone rather than wood.
the areas around the new castles became peaceful, and each castle provided work
for the local Saxons.
Wednesday, 02 July 2003