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Barrier (combat over the)

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Depicted occasionally in manuscript references, most of the 14th century examples seem to have taken place during a siege . The gateway to a castle is opened, after a wooden barricade, resembling a conventional wooden fence, has been set up around the opening. This serves to keep the castle from being overrun during the "à plaisance " engagement. In the surviving illustration, knights compete with spears only, on foot. Some of them are wounded, but there are no serious injuries. During the 15th century combats over the barriers became a part of the pas d’armes , gaining in popularity as the century progressed. They remained in fashion even during the 16th century, when elaborate garnitures were constructed.

 

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