Medieval Glossary


A Latin term for the space immediately within the outer wall of a castle. In towns, the appellation ballium was given to a work fenced in with palisades and sometimes to masonry covering the suburbs.

Related term(s): Castle; Palisade; Bailey; Baille
Category: Castles and Fortifications
Added: 08.05.05
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 43.


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