Medieval Warfare: Castles of War
The Medieval era was violent. Castles were built to act as power bases. Lands were subject to invasion. There was always the threat of war or land disputes. Armies of paid Mercenaries were available to fight for the highest price. War was expected and everyone trained for Medieval warfare. Skill in the use of Medieval weapons and understanding the strategy of Medieval Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in Medieval life. Medieval warfare changed as new weapons, such as the Crossbow and the Longbow were developed. The castles led to a different kind of Medieval warfare – Siege warfare. During the early Medieval era there was not a ‘Standing Army’. An army had to to be raised from the inhabitants of the land. Enter the Feudal Levy – vital to early Medieval Warfare!