Medieval Era

The Arthurian Legend - ''Sir Tristan''

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Friend to Sir Tristan, Sir Dinadan was a Round Table Knight who gave rise to the well known phrase of being “A Lover and not A Fighter”. Dinaden preferred to …

Routiers

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With origins in the 13th Century (beginning in Germany), The “Routiers” were “Free Companies” of Soldiers who were forced to “live off The L …

Military Order of The Dove

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Established by King Juan I of Castile in 1378, The Military Order of The Dove was composed of Noblemen and their Sons. As Knights, they were sworn to defend both The Cath …

Rota Fortunae

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A Medieval philosophy and well known “Tale”, the initial concept of “Rota Fortunae” or The “Wheel of Fortune” actually goes back to An …

Tower Castle

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Primarily a Germanic development in Middle Ages castle and fortification building, Tower Castles were seen around the 11th thru 16th Centuries. Designed along the Bregfie …

Witch Tower

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The name “”Witch Tower” may be a later 16th and17th Century term applied to these types of defensive structures. Prior to those Eras, these structures w …

Half Tower

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Roughly developed in various Countries between the 14th  thru 16th Centuries, Half-Towers were fortified stone defensive towers. They featured a open enceinte (norma …

Banquette

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Developed within a fortification or castle, a Banquette was a series of foot paths or walkways within a rampart or parapet. This allowed soldier to view and assume firing …

Battlement

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This style of defensive structure goes back many thousands of years (no doubt developed with the first fort or castle structures). During the Middle Ages, they were seen …

Sconce

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An early Middle Ages defensive arrangement, Sconce's were small defensive fortifications placed upon earthworks. Often associated with mini defensive towers, Sconse's oft …