tower-keep castle

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A strongly fortified residence of a king or lord in which the keep, which may be freestanding or surrounded by a defensive enclosure, is the principal defensive feature. Tower‐keep castles were sited for defensive or offensive operations, often being administrative centres as well as fortifications. They are found in both rural and urban situations in many parts of northwestern Europe, being constructed from the 11th century ad through to the 15th century.

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