Medieval Glossary

Face (Fortification)

A term of varied application. In fortification, it is an appellation given to several parts of a fortress, as the "face of the bastion," which is the two sides, reaching from the flanks to the salient angles. The prolonged or extended face is that part of the line of defense which is terminated by the curtain and the angle of the shoulder. Strictly taken, it is the line of defense 'rayant,' diminished by the face of the bastion.

Related term(s): Face; Fortification; Fortress; Flank; Bastion; Angle, Salient
Category: Castles and Fortifications
Added: 09.04.05
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 155.


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