Castles and Masons: The Earliest Castles Constructed of Timber and the Development of Stone Castles, the Concept of the Leveling Course During the Castle Building Process, the Opportunities Afforded to Masons, the Development of the Freemasons During the 16th Century, 13th Century Scaffolding, the Common Practice of Attending Mass Once Per Day, Additional Revenue Streams of Castles, Blacksmiths Visually Detecting Temperature of Metal, Blacksmiths Regarded as Healers and Using Their Trade to Help Eradicate Illness, Supernatural Powers Believed to be Held by Blacksmiths, No Standardization of Measurements and the Original Intended Size of the Inch, and Using Sourdough Bread to Create Future Batches

The earliest castles ever built were made of timber, just as the modern home. William the Conquerer started building castles of stone to make a dramatic statement as to the testament of his power. Every few feet a castle’s walls are completely leveled off instilling what’s referred to as a “leveling course” designed to be made perfectly horizontal so that they can continue to be built upon. Doing so ensures the strength of the walls being built is maintained throughout the entire wall so that vu...

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