Difference between revisions of "Keep"

From Cunnan
Jump to navigationJump to search
(Needs expanions & improvments)
 
 
(One intermediate revision by one other user not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
Part of a [[castle]], a '''keep''' was the large [[tower]] which the [[Norman]]s built all over [[England]] on the top of their [[motte]]s. Generally it was square and made of stone; initially probably only 2 or 3 storeys, but as building techniques improved some got to 5 floors high.
+
Part of a [[castle]], a '''keep''' was the large [[tower]] which the [[Norman]]s built all over [[England]] on the top of their [[motte]]s. Generally it was square and made of [[stone]]; initially probably only 2 or 3 stories, but as building techniques improved some got to 5 floors high.
   
 
As castle-building developed, the keep became, variously, the main tower in a curtain wall, the principal tower of a more complicated castle, or simply the central building where the main "offices" (such as the [[constable]], the [[steward]], the [[treasurer]]) were housed.
 
As castle-building developed, the keep became, variously, the main tower in a curtain wall, the principal tower of a more complicated castle, or simply the central building where the main "offices" (such as the [[constable]], the [[steward]], the [[treasurer]]) were housed.
  +
  +
  +
[[category:architecture]]

Latest revision as of 21:49, 23 December 2006

Part of a castle, a keep was the large tower which the Normans built all over England on the top of their mottes. Generally it was square and made of stone; initially probably only 2 or 3 stories, but as building techniques improved some got to 5 floors high.

As castle-building developed, the keep became, variously, the main tower in a curtain wall, the principal tower of a more complicated castle, or simply the central building where the main "offices" (such as the constable, the steward, the treasurer) were housed.