Tantallon Castle » by G. Garden
Château Fort de Peyrelade in Rivière-sur-Tarn, Aveyron, France
A castle existed here at least as far back as the 12th century. It was the scene of incessant battles and sieges until 1633 when it was dismantled on the orders of Cardinal Richelieu. Thanks to its position controlling the entrance to the Gorges du Tarn, it was one of the most important castles in the Rouergue province
The name is derived from the occitan “Pèira Lada”, meaning wide rock
Objects found on the site suggest it was inhabited in prehistoric times.
The roof details of Nijo Castle, Japan. Photography by Vincentphotomaniac on flickr
Fun on a page, that’s what this illustration is. It shows a city under attack. Two soldiers are prying open the gate with hooks and ropes. Two of their mates decided to try their luck with a more stealthy approach. They cloaked themselves in bushes and are slowly approaching the city walls. In spite of their magic trick they are spotted: the soldier on the wall is waiting for them with a big rock in his hand. A full story captured in a single image, like a modern cartoon: a job well done by this medieval illustrator.
Pic: Göttingen, Staatsbibliothek, Cod. Ms. philos. 63 (15th century).