Did glass windows exist in medieval castles? Glass windows were added to certain Medieval Period stone castles, but not all. Windows might have wooden shutters, horn panes, oiled fabric, oiled skins, or no shutters at all. Arrow slits did not need to be covered. A balcony above one would provide good shooting positions for defenders of the castle.
The first recorded use of glass in a window was in 1160. It was installed in the great hall of England's royal castle of Nottingham. The king at that time was Henry II. He was a powerful ruler who married two sisters back-to-back so they could inherit their father's throne. They had three children between them and then went on to have more through marriage. The younger sister was Eleanor of Aquitaine and she played an important role in launching the Hundred Years' War when she married Louis VII of France. She traveled with him to meet her husband-to-be at the wedding of their brother Richard I ("the Lionhearted") in 1191. Unfortunately, he died before they had a chance to meet. She later returned home to Normandy with her children.
Eleanor of Aquitaine inspired many poets and writers during her lifetime. One such person was William Shakespeare. He wrote several plays while she was alive. Two of these are Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Both characters in these stories are said to have been based on people the writer knew or heard about.
Windows had wooden shutters fastened by an iron bar, but they were rarely glazed throughout the 11th and 12th centuries. By the 13th century, a king or powerful baron would have "white (greenish) glass" in some of his windows, and glazed windows were popular by the 14th century.
Castles began to be built with towers and walls around 100 AD. They were usually constructed out of stone unless the land was shallow enough for brick or wood to be used instead. The stones could either be imported or found on site. Imported stones are more expensive but give a better look to the castle. Founded stones are less common but easier to find. They can only be used for building walls but not for buildings over four stories high because they're very heavy to move.
The Romans built many large military camps where soldiers could live while they were on duty. These camps had walls around them and gates for security but they were not true fortresses like modern cities have today. True fortresses have more special features than just walls and a gate; they include towers, barbicans, and other protective structures. Some medieval castles were also designed as prisons - others were used as hunting lodges or places of exile.
As time went on, people became more creative with how they protected their homes and businesses. Walls came down in some parts of the world because they were not effective enough for more than one thing at a time.
Because every window is a gap through which an attacker may shoot. The castles were mostly military structures. Modern fortresses, bunkers, and gunnery positions don't have many windows either. Each window would likewise be a potential point of collapse for the wall. As long as the enemy had a way to attack from outside the castle's defenses, the inhabitants would be vulnerable.
The little windows also let in some light, which was important in the medieval world for two reasons: first, so that people could see who was attacking and then defend themselves; second, for decorative purposes. The walls of castles were usually painted with scenes from mythology or history. These paintings needed light to illuminate them properly. Small windows allowed for this while still providing protection against invaders.
Castles were not only used for defense but also as places where rulers held court and administered their lands. They were also useful if you wanted to get away from it all. Medieval travelers wrote about how beautiful the towns surrounding the castles were. How they built their houses out of stone or brick and gave them roofs made of tiles or thatched wood. They also said how friendly the people were and how much commerce there was in these towns. All in all, they described these areas as paradise on earth!
But perhaps the most important reason to build a castle was prestige. It showed that you were a powerful ruler and could protect your subjects from harm.