Medieval Glossary


Although often described as an underground prison, the dungeon was more often used as a cellar for food and supplies.

Prisoners would usually be held in cells contained within either a small tower (turret) or a gatehouse. Gatehouses were often a preferred place for cells because it was easier for the castle's garrison to keep a close eye on them.

Related term(s): Gatehouse; Turret; Garrison; Castle
Category: Castles and Fortifications
Added: 09.07.04
Contributor(s): Alan Chanter


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