Castles and forts

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Castles and forts

Postby Galloglaich » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:58 pm

The block house. A kind of primitive fort, typically featuring a larger upper-story, sometimes built at angles to the lower story, usually made of wood at least initially, but gradually improved with brick or stone if they lasted long enough.

For some reason I love these things.

These small fortified buildings were how a whole lot of of medieval castles got their start, often erected quickly, in a matter of a few weeks. They are closely associated with the Colonial period in the Americas as these were a very common type of frontier fort.

The design was intended to allow those inside to be protected from gunfire and perhaps even light cannon fire, while having shooting ports to get at people outside: Indians, Mongols, crazed bears, whatever. Inside there was just enough room for a few men and their guns. Maybe some whiskey, a small stove, and of course, any female captives they may happen to have with them. Unlike the more stereotypical type of frontier forts, blockhouses were usually only built when there was an expectation of imminent action.

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Though vulnerable to being burned in theory, they were surprisingly effective. Small forts like this were often quickly erected as a kind of chess game of slow motion armored warfare.

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Re: Castles and forts

Postby Arkon » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:56 pm

Interesting. Didn't know it's an old name.
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Re: Castles and forts

Postby Galloglaich » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:35 pm

Check it out

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Re: Castles and forts

Postby Galloglaich » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:36 pm

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I guess the German word is "Plockhaus"
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Re: Castles and forts

Postby Galloglaich » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:00 am

Bergried a type of defensive tower associated with German / Central European castles

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergfried

Ordensburg, a specific type of castle associated with the Teutonic Knights

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordensburg
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Re: Castles and forts

Postby Galloglaich » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:18 pm

The Cat and the Mouse

Rival castles near the Lorelei (mermaid wrecker rock in the Rhine) both built around the 14th Century.

Burg Maus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maus_Castle

Owned by the Archibishop - Elector of Trier

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Burg Katz

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katz_Castle

Owned by the counts of Katzenbolgen, first to cultivate Reisling grapes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_of_Katzenelnbogen

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"Local folklore attributes the name to the Counts of Katzenelnbogen's mocking of the Electors of Trier during the 30 years of construction, who reportedly said that the castle was the "mouse" that would be eaten by the "cat" of Burg Katz. The originally intended name was Burg Peterseck (or St. Peterseck). A matched castle on the left bank (to control the bank north of Burg Rheinfels) that was to be named Burg Peterberg was never constructed. Other names by which Burg Maus is known are Thurnberg (or Thurmberg) and Deuernburg."
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Re: Castles and forts

Postby Galloglaich » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:30 pm

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