Medieval Glossary


A kind of gate or door, usually made of wood, that covered the opening of the gateway of a castle. If the castle had a drawbridge, the portcullis would be located behind it. The grilled portcullis formed a protective mesh over the gateway.

Related term(s): Castle; Crenellations; Moat; Garrison
Category: Castles and Fortifications
Added: 07.06.04


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