Ways of attacking and defending a castle

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drawbridge
across moat, drawn up a moments notice
portcullis
iron gate behind drawbridges, dropped at moments notice
doorway
solid oak door... several inches thick with iron bars for bolting
arrow loop
narrow slit in castle wall through which arrows fired
crenellations
battlements
crenel
lower part of castle wall
merlon
higher part of castle wall
battering ram
a heavy beam of wood with a metal tip (optional) rammed repeatedly into door hoping to make a hole in it
Catapult
A trebuchet is a type of catapult, matine with trigger for hurling stone or hot iron over a castle wall
Moveable tower
Several stories high wooden shed set on rollers covered with animal skins; once at castle wall, drawbridge dropped from upper story to top of wall
Scaling ladder
Put against wall to climb
Siege
Surround castle to cut off supplies, try to starve occupants, in hopes they'll surrender
Undermining
To dig under the castle by enter way of tunnel... cool!
The real reason of a moat was to prevent attackers from digging or undermining the castle