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What Is a Motte & Bailey?

A popular deceptive tactic you should be aware of

Windsor Castle with motte in the center and baileys on both sides. (Image from

The medieval structure

Drawing from The World of Castles
(Photo by Eugene Kuznetsov on Unsplash)
Clifford’s Tower in York, England. (Photo by Sam Barber on Unsplash)

The argumentation tactic

(Photo by Mike Von on Unsplash)



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Craig Carroll

Retired US Marine intelligence analyst and martial arts instructor. Managing Editor at