Medieval Castles

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What was the drawbridge?

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It was a bridge which could be raised or lowered. It was usually located over a moat.

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    What were parapets?
    They were low walls around the top edge of a tower or castle wall.
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    What were corbels?
    Corbels were stone projections in the walls which acted like brackets to support parapets.
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    What were machicolations?
    They were the reason parapets were built. They were holes in the parapets used for dropping all kinds of things, such as boiling oil, hot water, stones, etc.
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    What was the moat?
    It was the ditch around the castle. It was usually filled with water.
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    What was the barbican?
    It was a foreward gate of the castle located before the main gate. It offered extra protection since the weakest part of the castle was considered to be the gate.
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    What was the barbican?
    It was a foreward gate of the castle located before the main gate. It offered extra protection since the weakest part of the castle was considered to be the gate.
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    What was the postern gate?
    It was a back gate that was supposed to be a secret, but oftentimes was not. The gate was used for attacking and surrounding the enemy outside the castle, as an escape, or for the coming and going of scouts and spies.
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    What were arrow loops?
    They were narrow openings in the castle's towers through which archers fired their arrows on the enemy below.
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    What was the portcullis?
    It was the main gate to the castle. It was made of very heavy wood and was reinforced with iron grating. Like the barbican, it could be raised or lowered for the protection of the people inside.
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    What was the gatehouse?
    It was the living quarters over the main gate of the castle. As time went on it became heavily fortified and very important. Sometimes the owner of the castle chose to live in the gatehouse.
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    What were murder holes?
    They were holes in the ceiling just after the front gate. The holes were used for dropping large stones on attackers who got through the front gate.
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