Castelnau-Bretenoux, France. Construction of this "powerful" concentric castle started in 1100. It was was fought over during the Hundred Years' War, as the castle was placed at the frontier between the territories controlled by the Kings of England and France. I'll post more in the comments.


Wow several of those structures you post I see and imagine just how extremely difficult they will be to penetrate. Thanks! Thanks, Hoohill, this one is a nice one. Concern though: we thought concentric ...



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  • Wow Some of these structures you post I see and just think how incredibly difficult they would be to penetrate. Thanks!
  • Thanks, Hoohill, this one is a nice one. Question though: I thought concentric castles were one big keep style mass in the center of a surrounding wall. This castle has a courtyard in its center. I guess what I'm asking is for clarification of the terms of the types of castles.
  • A concentric castle is any castle with two or more curtain walls that are placed one within the other like a Matryoshka doll . Typically, the inner wall is higher than and close to the outer wall, such that the rate of fire can be effectively doubled on attackers. Most often, concentric castles would be built without a central free-standing keep (although a few do have free standing keeps). If there was a keep, it would usually be a particularly strong tower that was part of the innermost curtain wall such as with this castle. -- Beaumaris is a good example of a concentric castle.
  • Ah, thanks. I was basing my definition off of a castle like this . Here the "castle-ly" part (non walls) is like a big rectangular keep. I guess I didn't consider you could replace that style with another.
  • ?... We just posted the same castle, Beaumaris (although I posted a reconstruction). Both Beaumaris and Castelnau-Bretenoux have a courtyard as their centers. The "'castle-ly' part (non walls)" of Beaumaris is just the inner most curtain walls with double gatehouses. -- An example of a concentric castle with a rectangular keep at its center is: Dover castle -- An example of a concentric castle with a rectangular keep that is not free-standing, but is part of the inner most walls is: Kenilworth Castle -- An example of a concentric castle with no keep is: Agra
  • O.O Maybe my brain unconsciously knew See, based on the ruins I never would have just assumed all the extra buildings around the inside of the walls like that. But yeah, thank you, the examples of Dover and Kenilworth were what I was imagining when I saw the ruins of Beaumaris. Bringing it back to the castle you posted, I think the biggest difference is then the size of the inner courtyard and the separation of the keep as such from the rest of the structures.
  • that is a gorgeous castle, do you know what its called? i did a google image search but i didnt get anything specific
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