Fortresses and castles have been sieged in various remarkable ways. One of the most popular methods used was starving the castle occupants, disallowing them in and out movement. When they eventually ran out of food and water, they became too weak to defend themselves and consequently surrendered.
However when we think of great castle sieges we often tend to think of massive siege and war machines bombarding castle walls to the ground, as well as innumerable soldiers scaling the walls with ladders and hooks. This is exactly what happened to the siege of the Stirling as well as the Scarborough castles. It became the epitome of a medieval castle siege.
The Stirling castle experienced at least sixteen sieges in total, throughout its lifetime. You find Stirling in Scotland near the River Forth crossing, which makes it a perfect location for access to the northern area of Scotland. Between 1296 and 1357, this castle changed hands several times between Scots and English, during the war for independence of Scotland. (more...)