Unique defensive improvement of the Normans. Only a Swordsman may build it.
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The Motte and Bailey is indispensable for entrenching Norman troops in strategic locations. It is essentially the same as a Citadel, but can be constructed without sacrificing a Great General. Have your Swordsmen build it in empty terrain next to captured cities to ensure that the English will suffer heavy losses when they try to retake them.
A design first attributed to the Normans in the 10th century, the motte-and-bailey was a type of elevated castle built on top of a raised earthwork mound. The Motte was formed by digging a trench around the prospective castle site. The leftover fill-dirt was then used to construct an artificial hill or mound, upon which the castle itself was built. The "Bailey" refers to the lower courtyard, typically enclosed by a large wall, containing a barracks, servants' quarters, and storage buildings.