Medieval Glossary


A covered passage across the ditch of a fortified place, for the purpose either of sheltering communication with the outworks or of affording a flanking fire to the ditch in which it stands. If the caponnière is protected only on one side, it is single; if on both sides, and covered, it is double.

Related term(s): Fortification; Outworks; Flank (Fortification); Redoubt
Category: Castles and Fortifications
Added: 09.30.05
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 87.


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