- In time of war, the lord’s tenantry, fulfilling one of their feudal obligations would garrison the castle; castle-guard.
Once the crisis was past, the garrison would revert to being farmers and farm workers.
- Norman’s introduced castles to England.
- Castles were the means by which William the Conqueror and his followers maintained their hold on England following their
victory over the English army.
- 1067, while William himself was away dealing with problems in Normandy, his two co-regents in England (Bishop Odo of Bayeux
and Earl William Fitz Osborn) built castles widely throughout the kingdom and kept the poor people poor.
- Nearly every baron had a castle to secure his newly acquired lands and to protect himself and his family from Saxon attacks
- Once the Norman’s stopped conquering they replaced Motte and Bailey castles with walls and towers of stone.