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keep, donjon

The stronghold of a medieval castle, usually in the form of a massive tower, and a place of residence, esp. in times of siege.
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x) in England and Wales reviews changing interpretations: an excellent way to catch up on current thinking, for example on the Norman impact, the purposes of donjons, the needs of baronial households, the display of status, warfare, the landscapes in which castles are set and the way the latter profoundly altered the former.