• Castles And Fortification
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By Crusader1307

These were overhanging wall mounted turret housings, usually built into the sides of perimeter defensive walls. Developed in the 14th Century (and lasting up until the 16th), they were made with arrow slits for use by Missile troops. The top of the Bartizan was always enclosed (either a gabled, pointed or rounded roof). They afforded an excellent fighting position (similar to a Flanking Tower). Unfortunately, Bartizans were easy targets for siege engines. Many troops looked at them as "stone coffins".