Armet: A very light helmet. It was closed and a very good protection for the face and eyes principally.
Barbute: An Italian helmet. It had a "Y" shape in the middle that provided visibility and ventilation.
Breaths: Holes in a helmet to provide ventilation.
Buckler: A small round shield used to strike and block. It was made for very flexible fighters.
Byrnie: A mail shirt used by wealthy warriors until the XI century.
Camail: A curtain of mail hanging from a helmet protecting the neck.
Cuirass: A full protection for warriors. It consisted of a breastplate and backplate.
Gauntlet: Armored glove.
Hauberk: It was normally made of mail and it covered all the upper body (including the neck sometimes).
Pauldron: Plate armor for the shoulders.
Shield: A defensive devise used normally with the left hand. Shield were built in a very big variety of sizes and shapes.
Vambrace: Armor that guarded the forearm.
Blade: Length of steel that forms a sword.
Bow: Ranged weapon used to fire arrows at invaders.
Catapult: An enormous siege engine designed to throw projectiles at a castle.
Crossbow: Very powerful quarrel launcher, the crossbow was able to override shields and armor.
Dagger: A type of knife.
Lance: Long spear.
Longbow: Better than the original bow, this one could reach many feet.
Pilum: Roman throwing spear. It was against-shields, meaning that it could knock down its opponents.
Pike: A long infantry spear used in formation. Its size was of more than 18 feet sometimes and it was only useful when used in tight formations.
Staff: Normally a long wooden weapon designed to hit enemies.
Sword: Basic weapon used primarily by knights and nobles. Larger swords were able to cut a man in two, making them very effective.
Volgue: A spear.
Archer: Person who wielded a bow.
Emir: Ruler of an Islamic territory.
Herse: A knight or noble in Scandinavia.
King: Supreme ruler, thought to be made so by God himself.
Knight: Term used to describe a person who would go to war in exchange for fief from his lord. They were mostly fearsome mounted warriors.
Lord: Owner of land who would exchange fief with a knight for protection.
Serf: An slave who works a determined land for his or her lord.
Vassal: A freeman or peasant who owes his loyalty to a lord normally because of land or money.
Vintenar: Man in charge of twenty melee soldiers.
Allure: A walkway on a wall.
Apse: Circular end of a tower.
Arrow loop: A hole in a wall from which arrows could be fired to the outside.
Ballista: Huge siege engine resembling a crossbow.
Battering Ram: A machine used by many soldiers to break a castle's weak spot.
Battlement: An intermittent wall built on an allure to help archers from being attacked.
Curtain wall: A castle wall protecting a courtyard or another important place.
Cut: Assault tower.
Donjon: The keep.
Dungeon: A jail found in either one of the basements or underground.
Enceinte: An exterior wall protecting a castle.
Fief: Land given by lord to knights.
Gate House: Complex system of doors and walls used to protect the main entrance of a castle.
Keep: The last defensible position of a castle.
Murder Holes: Holes inside the gatehouse from which arrows could be fired at the invaders. They also served for throwing oil.
Oubliette: A generally underground dungeon reached by a trap door. Criminals would be left to emaciation until their death.
Trebuchets: War engines used to throw stone--or other projectiles--at a castle.
Turret: A small tower raising above a main tower. They were mostly used as a look out point.
Wall Walk: See allure.
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