A History Of England From The First Invasion By The Romans Volume 1

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byJohn Lingard

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ... by a tower, called the barbican, on the external margin of the moat. This formed the" outward defence of the place. The keep was a strong square building with walls about ten feet thick, and five stories in height. Of these the lowermost consisted of dungeons for the confinement of captives: the second contained the lord's stores: the next served for the accommodation of the garrison: in the fourth were the state rooms of the baron; and the uppermost was divided into sleeping apartments for his family. The only portal or entrance was fixed in the second or third story, and generally led through a small tower into the body of the keep. The ascent was by a flight«of steps fixed in the wall, and carefully fortified to prevent the entrance of an enemy. About the middle stood a strong gate, which it was necessary to force open: on the landing place was a draw-bridge: and then came the door itself, protected by a herte, or portcullis, which ran in a groove, and was studded with spikes of iron. It is not surprising that fortresses of this description should have often withstood the efforts of the most powerful monarchs before the invention of cannon. See Du Cange in voce, King, Archaeol. vol. iv. Grose; pref. 5--8. to defeat the secret, attacks of his enemies. At length in an evil hour Stephen was persuaded to besiege the castle of Lincoln, which had been surprised by Ranulf, earl of Chester, a nobleman who had offered his services to both the king and the empress, and who had been equally mistrusted by both. Confiding his wife and family to the faith of the garrison, Banulf escaped through the besieging army, and flew to implore the assistance of the earl of Glocester. With ten thousand men Robert hastened to surprise the king: but, when he had...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ... by a tower, called the barbican, on the external margin of the moat. This formed the" outward defence of the place. Th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217768520

ISBN - 13:9780217768528

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