Purpose of the Battlements
The purpose of the Battlements was to provide a fighting
platform and good vantage point from which soldiers launched
arrows. The Battlements also provided defenders with a solid
defence to hide behind when they were not launching arrows from
the gaps in between the stone battlements. The gaps in the
Battlements ( the crenels) would also have temporary wooden
shutters offering additional protection during siege warfare.
Attackers would scale the castle wall and scaling ladders had
hooks designed to fit over the crenels on the battlements.
Origin, Meaning of the word 'Battlements'
The Origin and Meaning of the word 'Battlements' derives from
Old French word 'batillement' or 'bastille', meaning tower or
Introduction of the Battlements - Norman Castles
The Battlements were introduced with Norman Castles during the
Medieval period 1066 - 1154
Battlements - Part of a Norman Castle
The Normans introduced the wooden Motte and Bailey Castle to
England following their victory at the Battle of Hastings in
1066. The Norman timber Motte and Bailey Castleswere quickly
replaced by permanent stone Norman Castles. The Battlements
feature in the Castlesbuilt by the Normans and this feature
continued in the later Medieval Castles.