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posted 05-23-2000 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LyndzM     Edit/Delete Message
This is one of the questions I have in this packet about Castles for my english class : What were squints used for?

Philip Davis
posted 05-23-2000 05:45 PM           Edit/Delete Message
A squint is another name for a spy hole or a small window. They are sometimes found in churches, where they allowed people outside the church to see the mass (I think it was suggested that lepers would use them, but I'm not convinced). In castles some chapels have squints but these seem to be to allow the priest to keep an eye on the chapel without leaving his room. otherwise squints are peepholes through walls to look into prison cells (Proper castle buffs don't call these dungeons since the Donjon was the main tower of a castle) or for servants to look into the Hall to see if they were needed or even for the ladies of the household to see what the men folk were up to.

And as I rode by Dalton-Hall Beneath the turrets high, A maiden on the castle-wall Was singing merrily: The Outlaw by Sir Walter Scott

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