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Changes in the battlements and machicolations of the Late Medieval castles between the duchy of Milan and Este dominions. Just a question of style or also function?

Médium: papier de conférence
Langue(s): en 
Conférence: 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018), July 9-13, 2018, Brussels, Belgium
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Page(s): 333-340
Année: 2018
Abstrait: The research focused on the constructive characteristics of the summit defence systems on castles built in the fourteenth and fifteenth century in the Po valley, carried out mostly through the direct survey of some significant cases. The study is aimed at investigating the constructive aspects of battlements and machicolations to point out the relationship and possible influences between shapes and construction. The comparative analysis of the cases examined, allow to focus on construction details that belong to the different time periods that were analysed, from the first defensive systems with merlons flush with the lower curtain walls, to cases that see the introduction of the machicolation defensive system, to later examples in which specific characteristics of military architecture assume a purely formal meaning. This data can be a useful and further tool for historians and architects to prove previous assumptions and put forward new hypothesis on these aspects of castles and fortresses.

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