Parapet

 

Parapet

  • What was the Origin, Meaning or Definition of the Parapet
  • Description of a castle Parapet
  • What was the purpose of the Parapet ?
  • How did Parapet help with Castle defenses?
  • How far back in time do Parapets date?
 
 
 
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Description of the Parapets
Parapets date back to the Hillforts of the Iron and Bronze ages and the Forts which were built by the Romans. The purpose of the ramparts was to protect the interior of a fortification. Each Roman fort and Hillfort had a parapet and many had Palisades (A fence of pales forming a defence barrier or fortification.) The Norman Motte and Bailey Castle tower was surrounded by a rampart and palisade. These were the early forerunner of the massive stone Curtain Walls.

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History of the Ramparts
The parapets were one of the most important forms of defence and, as such, its history dates back to the Hillforts of the Iron and Bronze Ages and the Forts of the Roman Empire! Parapets later became a feature of the Norman Motte and Bailey Castles which were built by the Normans and then included in Medieval castle designs.

Origin, Meaning of the word 'Parapets'
The Origin and Meaning of the word 'Parapet' derives from the Old Latin word 'parre' meaning to prepare.

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Parapets - Part of a Medieval Castle
The most prolific of the castle builders were the Plantagenets. English King Edward I. These old Medieval Castles were a symbol of wealth and power and were often the centre of historic battles and Medieval sieges. These great old castles were built for Medieval warfare and defence and new parts of the castle were designed accordingly! The Parapet features in the Medieval castles built by the Plantagenets. This section of 'Castles' provides interesting facts and information about the many different parts of Castles! The Parapet was an essential Castle part for as a form of defence against intruders.
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