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VMs: Re: Swallow tails + Iconography

Hi Petr/Rafal/Rene,

> In the picture I've seen, I did not see any swallow-tail
> merlons. But it was not a very good one.

Before you all get engrossed in one particular detail & miss the big picture: an identification based purely on the swallow-tail merlons would indeed be Python-esque. :-)

What got me excited wasn't them alone, but the two stand-alone rivellins, one inside the city walls and one outside. External rivellins rapidly proved themselves to be less than useful, and - unless we have a military historian here to turn this into a proper debate - they were only briefly in fashion.

This should help us reduce the number of possible candidate castles (and dates) by, say, 90% or more.

I think we'll end up with a list with just one entry... but I would say that, wouldn't I? :-)

Cheers, ....Nick Pelling....