Coercion Castle

  • Castles And Fortification
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The Coercion Castle (or ''Zwingburg'' in Germanic), was a type of Castle/Fortification more common in many Germanic Countries in the 16th Century AD. These were seen as massive an imposing structures – with cause. Such defensive structures were often built after major wars and battles by the victor of such contests, inside now captured territories. It went without saying, that the local populace might well still hostile towards the winner. The need to maintain a level of ''fear'' (or coercion) was needed. Hence, the creation of such structures. Built on large hills and plateaus situated near larger towns and cities, Coercion Castles were large stone structures specifically built to show a subdued populace that large forces could be brought into play upon them should they attempt to revolt or otherwise resist a ''new'' Lord. Great emphasis was placed on allowing a populace to ''see'' the abilities of such a structure (and it's Garrison as well). Built so close to a populace – in time, it established a sense of Royalty constantly ''aware'' of a populace by virtue of having the Castle able to be seen throughout the City regardless of one's vantage. Spain and Italy also practiced the construction of Coercion Castles as well.