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Mace A short staff with heavy head like a club Machicolations Openings in a floor allowing missiles to be dropped on the enemy below Malvoisin A large mound of earth or stone built by attackers near a castle used for firing from Mangonel A siege engine used for throwing large stones Manor The land owned by a lord. Martyr Someone who would rather die than renounce their faith Mason A craftsman who cuts and builds with stone Men-at-arms Common medieval soldiers Merlon The 'teeth' of the battlements between crenels Minster Large church originally linked to a monastery Misericorde A dagger with a fine blade used to put injured soldiers out of their misery on the battlefield Moat A ditch surrounding a building filled with water Monastery Where monks or nuns live Monk A man who has taken vows and joined a religious community Motte A large earth mound either natural or artificial on which a keep is built Mouldings Ornamental lines of carved projections under or over a plain surface Mullion Vertical bars in windows that divide the area into smaller sections Murder-hole Openings in a floor allowing missiles to be dropped on the enemy below
Nave The main body of a church from the west end to the choir. The nave could be divided north and south by screens (More...) Newel Stair Spiral staircase made of keyhole shaped stones Niche An ornamental recess in a wall containing a statue
Obelisk Memorial stone column Occularium The slit in a helmet for the wearer to see through Of the Field A term used in blazonry when a tincture is used more than once Ogree Arch A pointed arch with both concave and convex parts Or A colour used in heraldry representing the metal gold Oratory A small cell attached to a chapel Ordinaries The basic geometrical shapes (charges) used in heraldry (More...) Oriel A kind of bay window Orle A heraldic shape forming a border near the edge of a shield (More...)
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