Do all castles have moats?
The word 'moat' comes from the Old French word 'mote' which referred to a mound of earth or small hill on which a castle was built. Sometimes 'mote' was used to refer to the castle built on the mound. Later on, the Normans used the word to refer to a ditch that was dug around the castle or the earth mound. Although we often see moats filled with water in movies, most were dry.
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Not all castles had moats. The location of the castle determined whether or not a moat was needed. If the castle was high on a hill, a moat would...
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from Social Studies for KidsChapter 10 / Lesson 20