Medieval Glossary


A field-work consisting of two faces forming a salient angle, or one projecting towards the enemy, and two flanks parallel, or nearly so, to the capital or imaginary line bisecting the salient angle. In shape it is like the gable end of a house. It has been intended for the defense of avenues, farmhouses, bridges, and the curtains of field-works.

Related term(s): Angle, Salient; Flank (Fortification); Capital; Curtain; Gorge; Outworks
Category: Castles and Fortifications
Added: 10.01.05
Last modified: 07.02.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 291.


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