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How Did They Do That?

Impressive houses as well as functional fortifications, they can be seen all over Europe

MEDIEVAL CASTLE

The castles, always in strategic locations, were the fortified mansions of kings and feudal lords. The first castles were built in the ninth century, but over the years the lack of creature comforts and improvements in enemy weapons forced owners to renovate their interiors and improve their defence systems.

ILLUSTRATION: SOL 90, ALAMY X1, SHUTTERSTOCK X1

TOURNAMENTS, HUNTING AND BANQUETS

In times of peace, the nobility and medieval monarchies whiled away their time indulging in pleasureable activities. The gentlemen boasted before their ladies, with hunting and falconry (bird hunting with trained falcons) providing the food for many elaborate banquets.

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