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motte-and-bailey

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Definition of motte-and-bailey in English:

adjective

Denoting a castle consisting of a fort on a motte surrounded by a bailey.
Example sentences
  • Furnival was, however, not the castle's founder - for it was originally built around 1100 as an earthwork motte-and-bailey fortress by a Norman knight called William de Lovetot.
  • Content is limited but there are nice touches: you can explore wonderful 3-D images of old structures, including a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, a siege tower and a reconstruction of Bodiam Castle.
  • This shows up if measured by the spread of characteristically Norman motte-and-bailey (mound and enclosure) castles - generally timber-built until the fourteenth century.

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