Secrets of Medieval Castle Unearthed

Oxford Castle - Medieval England - Medieval Castles - Norman - Medieval History - Middle Ages HistoryArchaeologists are using radar to try and discover what is hidden under the mound of Oxford castle.

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Oxford castle was first constructed in 1071 by the Norman baron Robert D’Oyly. Originally a motte and bailey castle, the wooden keep on top of the earthen mound was eventually replaced by a stone keep, and later, a fifty foot wall with surrounding towers was added to the structure.

In a famous event in 1141, King Stephen (of Blois) beseiged Empress Matilda (or Maude), daughter of King Henry I of England, at Oxford, but Matilda managed to escape by being lowered over the walls dressed in a white cape in order to conceal her against the snow-covered landscape.

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