A Dictionary Of Architecture And Building; Biographical, Historical, And Descriptive Volume 1

    This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...with iron, and also, in some cases, barrels or crates of inflammable materials. The range of these engines was not very great, however, nor does it appear that the success or failure of an attack was generally CASTLE OF ASIA dependent upon these in a very large measure. Escalade was resorted to in the case of a sudden surprise; but when the castle was prepared for defence by means of wooden galleries, as described under Machicolation, this method could hardly be used. Wooden towers, carried on wheels and protected from fire by rawhides or other incombustible substances, were rolled up to the walls, and from their tops bridges were dropped, enabling the besiegers to rush upon the chemins-de ronde in considerable numbers. This must be considered as a variety of escalade, and could not be applied until the wooden galleries of defence were nearly demolished. A castle of the Middle Ages must be considered not only as a fortified post, but also as a place of residence for a number of persons. As regards the dwelling of the lord and his family, this was simple, consisting of very few rooms, perhaps one large bedroom and two or three very small appendages. To a great extent the meals were taken in common with the permanent garrison, that is to say, the lord and his permanent force of retainers took their meals together in the largest hall which the castle afforded; and the lord's family would be present at such meals except in rare cases. Nothing in the nature of sitting rooms or parlours existed, except as the lady of the castle might have a solar or bower. (See Hall; House; Manor House; Schloss; and the definitions of the terms used in this article.) For military architecture of the Middle Ages see Viollet-le-Duc'a Dictionnaire, articles...

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    Product : This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...with iron, and also, in some cases, barrels or crates of inflammable materials. The range of these engines was not very great, however, nor does it appear that the success or failure of an attack was generally CASTLE OF ASIA dependent upon these in a very large measure. Escalade was resorted to in the case of a sudden surprise; but when the castle was prepared for defence by means of wooden galleries, as described under Machicolation, this method could hardly be used. Wooden towers, carried on wheels and protected from fire by rawhides or other incombustible substances, were rolled up to the walls, and from their tops bridges were dropped, enabling the besiegers to rush upon the chemins-de ronde in considerable numbers. This must be considered as a variety of escalade, and could not be applied until the wooden galleries of defence were nearly demolished. A castle of the Middle Ages must be considered not only as a fortified post, but also as a place of residence for a number of persons. As regards the dwelling of the lord and his family, this was simple, consisting of very few rooms, perhaps one large bedroom and two or three very small appendages. To a great extent the meals were taken in common with the permanent garrison, that is to say, the lord and his permanent force of retainers took their meals together in the largest hall which the castle afforded; and the lord's family would be present at such meals except in rare cases. Nothing in the nature of sitting rooms or parlours existed, except as the lady of the castle might have a solar or bower. (See Hall; House; Manor House; Schloss; and the definitions of the terms used in this article.) For military architecture of the Middle Ages see Viollet-le-Duc'a Dictionnaire, articles...
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