• Castles And Fortification
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By Crusader1307

Developed within a fortification or castle, a Banquette was a series of foot paths or walkways within a rampart or parapet. This allowed soldier to view and assume firing down towards a Counterscarp or Moat system. These were smaller that wall-walks (usually only several feet long). Often, they were simply earthen extensions of the surrounding ground (next to the perimeter wall) – but some wooden examples were documented. Banquettes were popular around the mid-16th  Century as a way to give access to firing positions (not permanent) to musketeers and riflemen.