Hypothetical reconstruction of a feudal mound in northern France. The wooden chateau is perched on a mound of earth, surrounded by a wide and deep moat, and which is accessed via a bridge. This is surrounded by a lower courtyard that is fortified by a palisade and ditch. Watercolor by Jean-Claude Blanchet.
The Middle Ages and the birth of the rural world
Hypothetical reconstruction of a feudal mound
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  The feudal mound at Doudeauville (Pas-de-Calais).
The feudal mound at Doudeauville (Pas-de-Calais).

The feudal mound
The medieval village around
   the château

Small fields
The church