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A Castellan's Glossary

Welcome to the Stronghold Glossary.
GillB* has gathered all this wonderful information about the terminology of castle building. I hope you enjoy it.
- Jayhawk*


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Allure Arcading Armoury
Arrow loop or slit Bailey Barbican
Bartizan Bastion Batter
Battlements Berm Brattice
Buttery Buttress Chemise wall
Concentric castle Counterscarp Courtyard
Crenel Crenellation Cross Curtain
Crosslet Cross Wall Curtain Wall
Ditch Donjon Drawbridge
Drum Tower Dungeon Embrasure
Enceinte Escarp Fosse
Garderobe Gatehouse Hall
Hoarding Keep Latrine Tower
Machicolation Merlon Meurtriere
Moat Motte Mural Towers
Murder Hole Oriel or Oriel Window Oubliette
Palisade Parados Parapet
Pele Tower Portcullis Postern Gate
Rampart Solar Spiral stairway
Turret Ward Well

Picture Sources
Photos courtesy of (and copyrighted by) Castles of the World, Matthew Beerman, Mark Dotson, Haut Koenigsbourg Le Chateau du Haut Koenigsbourg: Notre Demarche, Isle of, Lise Hull at Castles of Britain, Olaf Kaiser at Burgenwelt, Jake Livingstone and Joe Boyles at Wansdyke Project 21, Marie Stuart Society, Michael Taylor, and the private collections of GillB* and Jayhawk*