Many history enthusiasts probably know that the Middle ages that were sometimes referred to as 'Dark ages' were not so dark. In fact, these were the times when people started building castles - majestic and complex buildings, intended to be a safe retreat in the case of attack. Normans were the leading castle-builders of the period, having started building their constructions on the forts left by the Romans.
"Maginot Line Fortification Cross-Section", published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, January 2009. Also published in How We Play Football in Alabama And Other Short Stories From Doug's World by Doug Hilton, September 2011.