motte-and-bailey

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motte-and-bailey

A motte that is adjacent to, or surrounded by a bailey; the open area within a medieval fortification.
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A vast number of motte-and-bailey castles was thrown up before the middle of the 12th century.
CAERNARFON CASTLE, CAERNARFON There was a motte-and-bailey castle in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward I of England began replacing it with the current stone structure.
A motte-and-bailey castle was built around 1093, a mile away from the present castle, around the time of the town's founding by Norman baron Roger de Montgomery.