but is unusual in this case as this castle was subdivided for three branches of the same family the Rubenach, Rodendorf
and the Kempenich families.
In our country of England, only a very rich medieval lord could afford to build a castle on his land and as we all know these lords were ruled by laws of inheritance. The heir received said castle, the rest of his siblings were married off to families
with their own castles. In some parts of Europe things were different such as that of the Holy Roman Empire of Germany, inheritance laws required that the estate be divided between all successors. These successors, each of whose individual inheritance was too small to build a castle of his own, could build a castle together, where each owned one separate part
for housing and all of them together shared the defensive fortification. These castles could have up to eight stories up to
40 meters in height which enabled over one hundred members of one family to live in the rooms of the castle.
The Rodendorf families part of Eltz castle was constructed between 1490 and 1540 and the Kempenich houses were
finished about 1530.