Dragon Master wrote:Thanks Anthony for replying,
I'm a little dissapointed that our Castle historians didn't say anything. Lenny, Blasterman, TwoTonic, I know you know the answer!
But Anthony, I think you are correct. that sounds like it is a nail on the head answer.
I'll keep that in mind on my next fortified structure.
I was going to double-check one of my source books before I shot off my mouth, but I can't figure out where I have put it, and then I forgot about the thread.
Medieval terminology is imprecise, usually because as something evolved, the name evolved along with it, but the old term might still be applied just to confuse you. So the wooden tower of the motte and bailey castle evolved into the stone donjon, and then into the complete stone Keep, which can also be refered to as something of the minimum configuration of a castle. A Keep is basically a tower that can stand on its own and doubles as living quarters. It may have further elements extending from it or surrounding it - walls, gatehouses, towers, etc. that form a larger castle. But the Keep itself was usually the central and final strongpoint. So, A Keep can be free-standing or part of a larger and more complex castle.
An excellent book that shows the evolution of castles, illustrated terminology and all sorts of detail that is otherwise hard to find is The Medieval Fortress
by J.E. Kaufman and H.W. Kaufman, Combined Publishing.