One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting a castle consisting of a fort on a motte surrounded by a bailey.
- ‘Earth and timber fortifications were hastily erected, whether in motte-and-bailey or in ringwork form, in new areas during the eleventh and twelfth centuries.’
- ‘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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