Noun(1) the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
(1) Indeed, it was his anxiety to survey the scene while laying siege to the donjon at Challus-Chabrol that brought his premature death.(2) While one of the words most commonly identified with castles is ‘keep’, the term is virtually unknown in medieval documentation where the term donjon was generally used.(3) As they progressed through the city toward the donjon in the centre of the city, he realised something that he mentally smacked himself for missing.(4) At Chepstow too, Roman tile and brick was deliberately re-used, here to form a conspicuous string course on the exterior of the Norman donjon that, with its echoes of imperial authority, faced into the unconquered lands of South Wales.(5) Thus, for example, while ‘brick houses’ or ‘timber - framed houses’ may indeed be found, ‘moats,’ ‘ donjons ,’ ‘cruck vaulting,’ or ‘keeps’ - all of which are discussed at several points in the text - cannot.
(1) donjon :: donjon
1. dungeon ::
2. keep ::
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