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Donjon

R. Allen Brown

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online January 1998 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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[Fr.: ‘keep’]. Term derived from the Latin dominium, meaning lordship, signifying that part of a castle that was the ultimate strongpoint and refuge and contained the most prestigious residential accommodation for the lord himself. It was thus an essentially feudal concept: as the inner sanctum of lordship it was regarded as the particular symbol thereof, and for practical and symbolic reasons it was given a structural and architectural emphasis to make it the pièce

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