Attacking and Defending a Medieval Castle

Articles on on the construction, defense techniques, and battle tactics regarding a medieval castle.

Articles on on the construction, defense techniques, and battle tactics regarding a medieval castle.


Good Choice

You can use a catapult to fire stones at the castle and hopefully knock down the walls. Using a catapult also means that you can stand away from the castle making it difficult for those inside to attack you. This would work best if you have several catapults. Back to…

Yes if no moat

You can use ladders to get a number of your soldiers into the castle to attack its occupants. But be warned, those inside the castle will push the ladders away and will drop stones, fire arrows and pour hot oil or water over your soldiers. Back to the game!

Possibly

If all other methods have failed then this may be your only option. To place a castle under siege is usually a last resort and is used to starve the occupants of the castle into surrender. You need to surround the castle with soldiers and catapults and victory can take…

Good Choice if no moat

If the castle is not surrounded by a moat this is a good choice. The battering ram is designed to knock down stone walls. However, it will take some time to break through the thick stone and those men pushing the battering ram will be attacked with arrows, stones and…

Not really!

The castle walls are made of stone which does not burn and it is almost impossible to shoot an arrow through the narrow slit windows. There is a better option. Back to the game!

stone keep castle

Stone Keep Castles

If you were a brave knight and needed to attack a stone keep castle, what would you use to attack it with? Choose your method of attack: Fire Arrows: Battering Ram: Seige: Ladders: Catapult: Belfry Tower: Mining: NEXT

Not really

Digging a tunnel underground in order to light a fire under the castle walls was used if it was impossible to approach the castle without being attacked. There is a better option. Back to the game!

Not really

The belfry tower was on wheels so it would be impossible to push it up the steep slope of the motte. You could use it to get over the palisade surrounding the bailey but your approach will be seen and the castle occupants will attack you with arrows, boiling water…

Possibly

You could use a catapult to fire stones at the castle but these early catapults were not very accurate and it would be difficult to hit the walls of the buildings inside the palisade. There might be a better option. Back to the game!

Not really

You might be able to use a ladder to climb over the wooden palisade surrounding the bailey, but ladders are useless if you want to enter the motte because of the steep slope of the hill it is built on. There is a much better option. Back to the game!

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