Medieval Glossary


1) In fortification, a watch tower for the purpose of descrying an enemy at a distance. 2) Advanced works of a place or citatdel, properly the boulevards of the gates and walls. 3) A fort at the entrance of a tower or bridge, with a double wall. 4) An aperture or loop hole in the walls of a fortress through which to fire upon an enemy.

Often used to provide increased protection in a potentially vulnerable area. Also spelled 'barbican.'

Related term(s): Barbican; Fortification; Gatehouse; Drawbridge; Portcullis
Category: Castles and Fortifications
Added: 08.07.05
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 45.


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