Why did the Normans build Motte and Bailey Castles?

Why did the Normans build Motte and Bailey Castles?
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  1. This Medieval History Unit bundle contains 7 fully resourced lessons on the Norman conquest of England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They cover King William's efforts to control his new kingdom through the feudal system, castles, the Domesday book and violence. The unit contains detailed, an
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This lesson focuses on why the Normans built castles after the Battle of Hastings. Pupils have to work out why the Normans needed the protection of the castles and also use a map to work out where they had the most conflict.

There is a gap fill activity, some questions on the strengths and weaknesses of the wooden structures and then they have to draw and label their own picture of a motte and bailey castle.

The lesson contains a two page worksheet with the map starter on a powerpoint.

I use this as my first lesson in a castle project. The students study the arms race of the medieval period through the changes in castle design. I have a final lesson on TPT called 'Attack the Castle' which you may be interested in also - Click here

This lesson is also available as part of my Norman Conquest Bundle:

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FEUDALISM: Click here

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1 hour
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